STORIES are being sought for inclusion in interpretive displays that will be incorporated into the new Mount Panorama boardwalk.
Bathurst Regional Council and the NSW Government announced in April 2018 that they would jointly fund the $2 million boardwalk.
Although its main purpose will be to serve as an alternative route at the most narrow sections of the circuit, the boardwalk is also an opportunity to interpret stories.
In a report from the director of Environmental Planning and Building Services, Neil Southorn, it was said that council should seek to interpret both the motor racing history of Mount Panorama and the story of Wahluu.
In order to build the boardwalk, an Aboriginal Due Diligence study was completed by Extent Heritage.
“The due diligence report concluded that the proposed development may proceed and that there is a low risk of Aboriginal objects being present within the study area,” Mr Southorn said.
Council also consulted with the Bathurst Local Aboriginal Lands Council and Bathurst Wiradyuri Elders to seek their endorsement for the boardwalk and to also obtain advice about interpreting the Wahluu story.
Mr Southorn said a report back from the groups “highlights the enthusiasm of the local Aboriginal groups to include this story”.
Council is now seeking quotes to develop the final strategies regarding the motor racing history content and to finalise the interpretation for the Wahluu story.
At last Wednesday night’s council meeting, councillor Jess Jennings asked whether a memorial to Peter Brock would be included in the boardwalk project.
Mr Southorn said it was ultimately up to council to determine, however he did highlight that there were already a number of memorials to Peter Brock in the Mount Panorama precinct.
Cr Warren Aubin said the boardwalk was “an excellent idea if for no other reason than it gets the pedestrians off the track”.
Previously, council has said the boardwalk would be complete by the end of 2019.