GAP IN MOREE PEDESTRIAN NETWORK NO MORE THANKS TO $18,000 GRANT

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall and Moree Plains Shire Council Roads Safety Office Renee McMillan walk the final 50 metre stretch of shared pathway to be completed.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

THE newly completed South Moree Sports Complex will soon be fully connected to the town’s growing cycleway and footpath network, with an $18,000 NSW Government grant to complete the shared pathway along Adelaide Street.

Currently, the pathway runs from Frome Street to Arunga Street, but local MP Adam Marshall said that the final missing section would now be completed with this funding.

“In its current form, the shared pathway allows pedestrians and cyclists to safely travel for over a kilometre – but it abruptly ends just 50 metres before the gates of the sporting fields,” Mr Marshall said.

“This grant will construct a 50-metre paved pathway from Arunga Street to the new oval, as well as rebuilding the kerb to permit easy access for cyclists and wheelchair users.

“Moree Plains Shire Council is putting the final touches on a major extension to the South Moree Sports Complex, which promises to draw in hundreds of revellers from across the town.

“When this extension is complete it will add to a major arterial shared pathway network through South Moree.”

Mr Marshall said the $18,000 grant was provided by the NSW Government’s Safer Roads Program, an initiative funded by the revenue provided by all speed camera fines across NSW.

“While this gap in the shared pathway network may appear to be a small one – closing it will significantly boost safety for pedestrians, which shows the NSW Government and Moree Plains Shire Council are committed to these projects big and small,” he said.

Moree Plains Shire Mayor Katrina Humphries said the project would enhance safety in town.

“It’s an easy and comfortable walk – and when it’s complete, there will be all-weather access to a really exciting facility,” Cr Humphries said.

“It’s the final connecting pathway that joins the South Moree area up, and makes everyone’s access around town much easier.”