NSW adds rest facility between Cobar and Bourke

Building only one with toilet facilities in 160km stretch of road

NSW adds rest facility between Cobar and Bourke
The recent construction has completed


A new amenities block is now open in NSW at the Kidman Way rest area between Cobar and Bourke.

The $160,000 facility, located 98km north of Cobar, was the only one along a 161-kilometre stretch to have two unisex and accessible toilets.

The 6.3m by 4.7m amenities building features two cubicles with a non-potable water tank located behind the toilet block to service the hand basins only, along with a picnic table and shelter.

"There are already three truck stops between Cobar and Bourke, but none of them have bathroom facilities, and residents of both towns have strongly campaigned for additional amenities at the halfway point," Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said.

"Leading the charge on this cause was the legendary former Cobar Shire mayor Lilliane Brady, with the full support of Bourke Shire Mayor, Cr Barry Hollman."

"Sadly, Lilliane is no longer with us, but I’m so pleased her vision to build an amenities block for locals, the elderly, tourists and the freight industry driving between Cobar and Bourke has been realised for the countless people she championed so hard for."

Member of the Legislative Council Sam Farraway said the facility was built in less than three weeks to meet demand.

"This functional amenities block will be appreciated by locals, the freight industry, and also by the growing number of tourists visiting the area, particularly the elderly.

"Being able to move quickly and, while employing four workers and listening to the concerns of both towns, is an achievement we’re proud of."

Cobar Shire Council mayor Peter Abbott said he was grateful for the NSW Government’s funding of the facility.

"This rest stop is the realisation of a long-held dream for the community, so we are extremely happy to see it come to fruition and wish to express our sincere thanks to Transport for NSW and the state government," he said.


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