Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, recently visited the historic gold mine site at Red Hill in Gulgong, to show support for this integral tourist attraction to the Gulgong community.
The Gulgong Gold Experience attracts over 6000 visitors annually, who participate in gold panning and tours of the replica underground mining tunnel and information hub. The grounds cater for all ages and physical abilities, from individuals to groups, both locally and internationally.
Joy Harrison from the Gulgong Gold Experience, said the facility has welcomed groups from across the Central West, to Shell Harbour, to Norway, Ireland, Israel and the U.S.A..
“We even had an elderly group, many of whom were in wheel chairs who were able to watch the history of gold panning on a video within the replica underground mining tunnel,” she said.
Mr Gee said the tourist attraction continues to benefit the community in a variety of ways.
“The Gulgong Gold Experience is a unique and great day out for the whole family. In addition to the fantastic gold panning experience, it offers tremendous educational benefits with its historical content, which sees school groups travel from far and wide to visit,” Mr Gee added.
The substantial impact the Gold Experience has had on the local community was recognised with a $400,000 NSW Government grant which was secured in 2014 by Mr Gee when he was the State Member for Orange, through the Cobbora Transition Fund.
Master plans to develop the site further have also been approved by Mid-Western Regional Council, which includes the construction of an exhibition centre to replicate the style of the buildings that existed during the Gulgong gold rush, creation of a kids’ playground with a picnic area and billabong, along with renovations to the existing cottage.
“These enhancements will transform the grounds into an all-day experience that everyone can enjoy,” Mrs Harrison said.
Mr Gee noted the wider usage of the grounds for general community purposes under the master plan.
“Renovations to the cottage and outdoor areas will also create spaces for special events and functions all year round,” Mr Gee said.
The proposed enhancements will require further funding from an array of sources. With the requisite funding the enhancements to the Gulgong Gold Experience could be ready by 2021.
Mr Gee said he was looking forward to working with all levels of government to see continued improvements to the site and the visitor experience.
“It’s a unique site and attraction and I’m very keen to pursue more funding for it,” Mr Gee stressed.
“We need to keep the improvements going so that the Gold Experience keeps powering from strength to strength.”
Gulgong Gold Experience admission prices: adults $5, children $3 and families $15. www.gulgonggold.com.au