The historic Berghofers Pass between Mount Victoria would likely be impacted by plans to duplicate the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow, documents released by the NSW Government state.
The pass, which was used as an alternative route to Victoria Pass between 1912 and 1920, beginning construction in 1907, is a popular walking trail about 1.5km from Mount Victoria off Mt York Road.
According to the Traveller destination website, the 3.2km return walk is "considered one of the easiest and most pleasant bushwalks in the mountains, offering lovely views" out over the valley.
Blackheath bushwalking trails to Fort Road, Centennial Glen Creek and Porters Pass track could also be affected, depending on which of the Blackheath options is adopted.
The NSW Government has committed to consulting bush walking groups, local councils and other interested parties about the plan.
A little history
The pass is named after German immigrant John Berghofer, who settled in the Hartley Valley in the 1870's. As Shire President, he was responsible for the construction of the second pass up the mountain as the existing pass, Mitchell's Pass, was too steep for motor vehicles.
It was used between 1912 and 1934.
To have your say
You can call 1800 953 777, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to PO Box 2332, Orange, NSW, 2800.
Information sessions on the Great Western Highway duplication proposal will be held throughout the affected areas. The closest for Hartley and Lithgow residents are:
- Hoskins Memorial Uniting Church Hall, Lithgow on Monday, November 25 from 11am to 2pm.
- Mt Vic Flicks 2A Harley Avenue, Mount Victoria on Tuesday, December 10 from 5pm-7pm.
- Hartley Hall on Wednesday, December 11 from 5pm to 7pm
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