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Fish traps lookout and river walk to boost tourism in Brewarrina

Federal Minister for Resources and Water, Keith Pitt, Cr Vivian Slack-Smith, Brewarrina Council General Manager, Jeff Sowiak, Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, Bre Mayor, Phillip O’Connor and Cr Angelo Pippos at the Brewarrina Aboriginal rock fisheries on Tuesday. Photo TWH

A lookout and river walk will be constructed to enhance the popular Brewarrina Aboriginal Fish Traps and increase tourism to the area, thanks to a $920,000 Federal Government grant.

On Tuesday, Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt and Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton visited the Brewarrina Aboriginal Fish Traps with Brewarrina Shire Council Mayor Phillip O’Connor.

The Brewarrina Aboriginal Fish Traps Lookout and River Walk is one of 16 local projects awarded a grant under the third round of the Coalition Government’s Economic Development Program.

Mr Coulton said the $920,000 grant to build a 2.4-kilometre path and a suspended lookout adjacent to the fish traps will provide a significant boost to the popular tourist attraction.

“Nearly half a kilometre in length, the Brewarrina Aboriginal Fish Traps are the largest known in Australia and were an ingenious invention long used by the local Ngemba people and surrounding Aboriginal Tribes to catch fish in the Barwon River,” Mr Coulton said.

“The traps are a major tourist attraction for the town and provide much-needed economic stimulus for local businesses.

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