Blast from the Past

Blast Furnace Park is about to get a major upgrade thanks to a $300,000 grant announced today by State Member for Bathurst Paul Toole.

“Council is very excited that the State Government is providing this grant through the ClubGRANTS Category 3 program to undertake much needed safety, access and interpretative works at this iconic heritage site,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham. “Council will also be making a contribution to the project to undertake these works.”

“Blast Furnace is a vital link with the industrial beginnings of Lithgow and the nation,” continued the Mayor. “Constructed in 1905, it was the first iron smelting works in Australia and important for the industrial and social development of Lithgow and the nation.”

The funding will enable Council to undertake major works to improve public safety while encouraging the public to visit, appreciate and understand the history of the site. These works will include construction of raised walkways, viewing platforms, fenced pathways and interpretive signage.

“I would like to thank Paul Toole for making these funds available. Council has recently developed a concept plan for Blast Furnace and will soon be progressing to the next step of finalising planning and heritage approvals,” concluded the Mayor.

Providing a range of programs celebrating the cultural diversity and rich heritage of our local government area is part of Council’s Caring for our Community strategies in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.
















Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Matthew Johnson
Manager Community and Culture
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

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