Bathurst MP Paul Toole today announced the NSW Government will commit $2 million to enable a local transport link that is steeped in history to be reopened.
For years the Bridle Track linking Bathurst and Hill End has been closed to traffic due to rock slides which had made the road impassable.
Mr Toole said the funding will be made to Bathurst Regional Council to explore a range of options to enable vehicles to once again complete the 60 km journey.
"This is a project that I have been working on behind-the-scenes for a number of years," he said.
"The Bridle Track is a favourite with four-wheel-drive enthusiasts, campers and anglers and is an example of how heritage tourism can benefit the region.
"Reopening the Bridle Track brings with it significant economic benefits to the region, including the village of Hill End, and I know this morning’s announcement will be welcomed by many people."
Mr Toole said camp grounds along the route were a lure for visitors to the region and presented any number of opportunities to lure outdoor enthusiasts to the area.
He said the Bridle Track’s history dates back to the early 1800s when it was a horse route for stockman, but became a very busy transport corridor when gold was discovered in the Turon Valley and was used by those wanting to strike it rich during the gold rush.