Scot MacDonald
26th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has announced that the NSW Liberal National Government has waived the access fee for the ‘Blacksmiths 2 Breakwall Coastal Walk’ on Sunday 9th September 2018.

National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) would normally charge an access fee of $4.88 per entrant on a cost recovery basis in the interests of transparency, equity and to cover costs of supervision and clean up after the event.

NPWS this year have offered to waive the fee for Newcastle Surf Lifesaving Club as the event organisers.

Mr MacDonald said that NPWS recognised the community value of the Coastal Walk and the charitable causes that it was assisting.

“I thank the Environment Minister The Hon Gabrielle Upton MP for her support in securing this waiver,” Mr MacDonald said.

“The Blacksmiths 2 Breakwall Coastal Walk is a well attended community event and I’m pleased that we were able to collaborate to secure a good outcome for the participants.

The Blacksmiths 2 Breakwall Coast Walk is currently in it’s third year.

In addition to the full 26.9km trek from Blacksmiths all the way to Nobby’s Breakwall, there will also be a start from Redhead that will still cover around 15.5km of beaches and bushland, and a 5km ‘family walk’ from Merewether that takes in Bather’s Way and King Edward Park.

All proceeds from the walk go to charities including Surf Life Saving Clubs in the Hunter Branch, Ronald McDonald House and Variety.

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