On Monday, Kiama MP Gareth Ward MP announced $550,000 in funding under the state government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund for the toilets at the Visitor Information Centre to be upgraded.
Mr Ward was joined at the announcement with Kiama Mayor Mark Honey and Kiama Council’s general manager Kerry McMurray.
“The Visitor Information Centre was built to 1980’s design specifications, which have been outpaced by the growth in visitor numbers, making the current facility ill-suited to visitor profiles and requirements – so I am delighted to have secured funding for this upgrade,” Mr Ward said.
“Kiama now exceeds one million visitors annually, with many converging on the Kiama Harbour area which features the blowhole, lighthouse and Pilot's House.
“The project aims to upgrade and increase the number of toilet facilities provided. It will transform the Visitor Information Centre into an inviting meeting point, protected resting space, and an attractive place for locals to bring their visitors.
“The new configuration of the toilets will provide easier and extended hours of access, and is expected to increase attendance at the café and the Centre.
“I will continue to fight for community projects such as this which bring so many benefits for our local community.”
Kiama Mayor Mark Honey said the holiday traffic through the Visitor Information Centre continues to grow.
“We had 450 people passing through on the Sunday of the long weekend alone,” Mayor Honey said.
“The facilities are well overdue for a makeover and expansion to cater for the growing need.
“I’d like to thank the Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP for his continued support and ability to secure funding for Kiama and our surrounds.”