New South Wales is among the first states in the nation to offer parents the opportunity to climb a wall near their kids’ school.
Key points:New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced she wants to build a kids climbing wall on the Sydney BridgeThe plan is set to attract hundreds of thousands of people to the stateKey pointsNew South and Queensland have the lowest rates of indoor climbing at 15.1 per cent and 16.3 per cent, respectively, compared to the national average of 24.6 per centKey pointsClimb at the wall is expected to attract more than 500,000 people and attract around 100,000 to the Sydney CBDSource: ABC News / Photo: Ben Rushton/ABCCOURTESY Sydney’s new climbing wall will be about three metres high and will have a capacity of up to 500 people, but the idea is to attract a much wider audience than that.
“We need to create a national park system for the Australian public,” Premier Gladyla Berejikhlian said.
“There’s not a single Australian who’s ever climbed the Sydney River Bridge.
That’s why we need to build this thing on the river.”
Climbing the wall in Sydney is not a new idea, as the Sydney Opera House has been climbing a few times since its opening in the early 1990s.
The project will be managed by the NSW Climbing Council, a not-for-profit organisation that has helped build and manage some of the world’s best indoor climbing areas including the Wall of Death in Yosemite National Park, as well as the Alpine Wall in Austria.
But the decision to build the climbing wall near the Opera House was a first.
“I think the idea was just a great idea, and now we’ve had the opportunity and the funding to do it,” Ms Berejkian said, adding that she hoped it would attract around 1,000 visitors per year.
“It’s going to be a great thing for the state and for the community.”
The state’s government-owned and operated climbing network is set up to cater for a variety of ages and abilities.
It has more than 70 outdoor climbing areas in NSW and is home to the iconic Wall of Terror, which is one of Australia’s most popular outdoor climbing routes.
There are several other climbing sites around the state including the Great Wall of China and the Wall in Yosemite.
“A lot of climbing in NSW is just fun, it’s just the people who want to do the climbing, and we want them to be able to do that, and not feel guilty about it,” Mr Rushton said.
He said the state’s climbing community was looking forward to the project, adding there would be an indoor climbing facility that would allow people to climb in a safe environment.
“They’ll be able access the walls and see what it’s like to do a big climb,” Mr Ryan said.
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