Wollondilly ready to welcome tourists back after blazes

Roll up: NSW Rail Museum's Daniel Page and Wollondilly mayor Matthew Deeth need your help to boost business. Picture: Simon Bennett
Roll up: NSW Rail Museum's Daniel Page and Wollondilly mayor Matthew Deeth need your help to boost business. Picture: Simon Bennett

The smoke has cleared, the roads have reopened and Wollondilly is officially back open for business.

Wollondilly Council has put the call out for people across Macarthur and the rest of the state to head into the shire and spend some time and money helping local businesses get back on their feet.

Suburbs and townships throughout the region were devastated by the Green Wattle Creek bushfire in December, and other area have suffered a drop in business due to the resulting road closures.

Mayor Matthew Deeth said there were so many places in Wollondilly that visitors should come and see.

"First of all, there are large parts of our region that were not affected by the devastation, there are so many things to do and see," he said.

"We've got an amazing koala population on our eastern side, and walking trails.

"There's great bed and breakfasts and accommodation. One of our biggest attractions is the NSW Rail Museum, where we hold the Festival of Steam.

"We've also got Mowbray Park, which is a great place for a day trip."

Cr Deeth said every dollar spent in the region would help the area recover from the effects of the bushfires.

He said that the areas which had been hit by fires also needed help to speed up their recovery.

"Why not visit one of the villages and grab a burger," Cr Deeth said.

"Go down to Buxton and have a coffee.

"The Southern Highlands has also be hit hard, and as our neighbouring council we want to work together to help them out too.

"Any time you can spend in the Wollondilly and Wingecarribee areas, grabbing some food and spending a few dollars will be a big help."

Cr Deeth said he hoped to soon see the main streets of all Wollondilly's towns and villages bustling with tourists.

"If you haven't gone back to work yet or you're looking for a day trip, now's the time to come down to Wollondilly," he said.

Cr Deeth said the community was incredibly grateful for all the support locals had shown to the bushfire-affected locals so far this year, with the council receiving an incredible number of donations of goods and funds.

He hoped both the shire and Southern Highlands would be able to hasten the recovery from the bushfires as soon as possible with the help of tourists and day-trippers.

Info: visitwollondilly.com.au