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Skywalk on Sydney Tower wins city council approval

In a much-needed boost to the Sydney tourism industry, Sydney Tower Observatory Pty Ltd won development approval…

In a much-needed boost to the Sydney tourism industry, Sydney Tower Observatory Pty Ltd won development approval last night (July 29) from the Sydney City Council for a proposal to create what will become one of Sydney`s premier tourist attractions – Skywalk on Sydney Tower.

Sydney Tower Observatory expects Skywalk to be operating in the summer of 2003/2004, with construction of walkways and other infrastructure to commence over the next month.

Skywalk will attract millions of overseas visitors and local families, who will have the unique opportunity to walk on top of Sydney Tower at a height of 270 metres over street level – the highest point in Sydney – offering views of the Blue Mountains to the West, Central Coast to the North and Wollongong to the South.

Expected to operate between 9am to 10.30pm seven days a week, Skywalk will be fully-supervised and conduct safe walking tours of 75 minutes duration, featuring two specially built perspex viewing platforms, where abled bodied visitors and the disabled will be able to literally touch the clouds.

Chief Executive Officer of Skywalk, Mr Paul Sexton, said We believe Skywalk is an exciting and dynamic product that will provide a major boost to Sydney`s tourism industry.

We are very grateful that the Sydney City Council has recognised the huge impact Skywalk will make on inbound and domestic tourism numbers. We are working with the council and tourism operators to quickly establish Skywalk as one of Sydney`s leading tourist attractions, offering an exhilarating experience for people of all ages, he added.

Skywalk is expected to be a `must do` experience for overseas, interstate and intrastate visitors, while Sydneysiders will get a brand new perspective of the most beautiful city in the world.

Skywalk expects to attract more than 250,000 thrill seekers each year.

Sydney Tower Observatory, which has successfully operated Sydney Skytour for the last three years, took great care to submit to council a plan placing a premium on the safety of participants, who will be tethered to the tower throughout the tour and closely supervised by trained guides. Participants will wear special wind suits, complete with communications equipment.

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