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28 April, 2022

New gateway to the cape park

LAKELAND’S new Gateway to Cape York and sculpture park was officially opened recently, heavily attended by locals, artists and neighbouring Aboriginal Shire Councils.

By Rhys Thomas

Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott; Rosie Harrigan; Damien Harrigan and former Cook Shire Councillor, Alan Wilson officially open the Gateway to Cape York in Lakeland ahead of the tourist season.

The $1.2 million project is located at Lakeland on the Mulligan Highway, aiming to welcome visitors and tourists to the cape peninsula.

An important part of the project was to highlight what makes the cape so historically, culturally and ecologically unique and educate visitors.

Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott was pleased to be able to open the new centre accompanied by more than 60 stakeholders, councillors, community members, artists and more

“Lakeland marks the beginning of many Cape York adventures and is a significant tourist junction for the tourism drive market and 4WD adventurers,” he said.

The Gateway to Cape York gives vital tourism infrastructure to Lakeland that has been designed to be iconic, interactive, artistic, educational and inspirational.

The sculpture park features 16 artworks designed and developed by communities across the cape and has been modelled after the shape of the cape.

Footpaths symbolising the region’s iconic roads and each sculpture reflecting the spirit of the community who designed it and their geographic location.

There is also a purpose-built traveller information centre and rest stop in addition to the sculpture park.

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