Hunter Wetlands Centre open for business despite roadworks

DURING construction of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass, the Hunter Wetlands Centre at Shortland has had little room to spread its wings.

For 18 months the centre has been shrouded by roadworks, causing visitor numbers to drop by half.

Hunter Wetlands Centre ecotourism manager Anna Ryan said she was relieved that the roadworks were mostly completed after a long and arduous process.

"One major concern we have is that there is no exit and limited signage for those heading north on the bypass and visitors from outside the area won't be aware of the old road," she said.

An exit on the north end was cut from the original plans for the bypass and at this point there was no talk of establishing one on the north end, Ms Ryan said.

However, the centre hopes to have signs put up to alert visitors to the old road.

The centre reduced its entry fee to $2 throughout summer to encourage families to come back.

■ The Hunter Wetlands Centre discounted $2 entry is until February 28. For more information phone 4951 6466.

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