MEDIA RELEASE | Sunday, 8 December 2013
John Robertson MP, NSW Opposition Leader
Penny Sharpe MLC, Shadow Minister for Transport
LABOR PROPOSES FREE WEEKEND PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO BOOST BLUE MOUNTAINS TOURISM
NSW Labor is calling on the O’Farrell Government to provide free bus and train services on weekends to and from the Blue Mountains this holiday season, to help local businesses recover from the October bushfires.
Independent economic analysis undertaken by Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism (BLMOT) and Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE), estimates the region has lost the equivalent of more than 200 jobs and more than $47 million in tourism revenue in the six weeks following the bushfires (to November 27).
The BLMOT document concludes domestic day trips alone were down by more than 144,000 – representing lost income of more than $13 million for local businesses.
Opposition Leader John Robertson said the Government needs to implement practical measures to encourage visitors back into the region.