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Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley closes for “foreseeable future”

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Boutique luxury resort in the Blue Mountains Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley has closed due to access issues, with the property’s management saying the delivery of utilities to the resort during winter was not possible, after a landslip in November last year fundamentally altered access to Wolgan Valley.

“Following the landslide and subsequent closure of Wolgan Road on 9 November 2022, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley has continued to face unforeseen challenges in access to the resort,” Wolgan Valley’s general manager Tim Stanhope wrote in a note to its database last Wednesday.

“Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley was able to re-open on 1 April 2023 after a new road was constructed by Lithgow City Council. However, the challenges of the road’s descent into the valley have made it untenable to continue supplying utilities and equipment to the degree required for the resort to operate smoothly during winter conditions.

“We are never prepared to compromise on our guests’ experiences, therefore, due to these circumstances, the resort has made the difficult decision to temporarily close its doors for the foreseeable future, effective 9 June 2023 until these issues can be fully resolved.”

Lithgow City Council’s Mayor, Maree Statham, said the council understood gas could no longer be delivered to Wolgan Valley.

“We have offered to work with the business to continue to explore innovative ways to service their development with gas so it can re-start as soon as possible,” she said.

Stanhope confirmed the property was working closely with the council to try to resolve the access issues.

“This closure will impact local workers and businesses. This clashes with the Council’s efforts to grow job opportunities, and strengthen businesses, so this is a very sad day,” said Statham.

“This closure is a clear demonstration of the protracted and significant effects of natural disasters throughout our region.

“The challenge for the Wolgan community will be particularly protracted.

“We are focused on supporting that community for years to come, until a new road is built and their lives are restored. Meanwhile, we call for more support for residents and businesses from all levels of government.”

Offering 40 private villas, experiences and event spaces set within nearly 7,000 acres of Australian bush, Wolgan Valley is a unique incentive and corporate retreat offering for business events organisers, including for groups travelling from overseas.

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