NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall recently inspected the completed 450-metre shared pathway connecting the Moree racecourse to the Broadwater Bridge and on to the extended loop of pathways throughout the town.
Mr Marshall said the $220,000 State Government grant for Moree Shire Plains Council to build another 1.4 kilometre stretch of shared pathways, was proving to be a worthwhile investment, as more and more locals were enjoying the chance to stretch their legs along the already completed sections.
“The pathway from the Moree racecourse will be particularly useful as the Jockey Club’s race meetings attract huge crowds and the path will give patrons a safe track back into town,” Mr Marshall said.
“Barriers separate the path from the roadway which makes it very safe for all users and will keep people of the road.”
Mr Marshall said the shared pathways project, which last year saw a capital injection of $624,554 from the State Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, was proving to be a great program for Moree.
“The pathways gets people mobile and active, including mums and dads who can get out with their strollers and young children on pushbikes,” Mr Marshall said.
“Construction is also well underway on the Mehi River beautification program, with the pathway along the corridor from Wooduck Park to Jellicoe Park now completed.
“The project focuses on the construction and installation of various recreational infrastructures along the corridor, encouraging more community members and tourists to visit the area.
Mr Marshall said the Mehi River project would give locals even more reasons to take a break by the riverside as new benches, picnic tables, drinking fountains and a barbecue will be built along with new exercise equipment and street art.
“Travellers will also make the most of the Mehi River’s excellent highway position, with sealed access and parking for RVs and caravans, while cyclists will appreciate the new shared pathways,” he said.