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Friday, 9 March 2018

Queanbeyan’s River Walk will see a huge upgrade thanks to NSW Government funding of $400,000, Member for Monaro John Barilaro announced today.

Mr Barilaro said the river precinct has undergone a large makeover in recent years, with this funding helping to push the upgrade even further.

“The Queanbeyan River is a beautiful part of our city and this funding will allow more people to get out and enjoy the area,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This project will construct sections of a shared pathway along the Queanbeyan River, allowing the CBD to be linked to key residential areas and recreational facilities.

“The river walk is currently used by plenty of members of our community, including the Heart Foundation’s Queanbeyan Town Park Walkers and other walking groups, as well as participants in regular Park Runs, plus many more.

“The project will give a safer and steadier path for those enjoying the area, while also providing a unique tourism opportunity that will make Queanbeyan one of only a few regional cities with safe paths for platypus and river wildlife viewing right in the heart of the CBD.

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Deputy Mayor Trevor Hicks thanked Mr Barilaro and accepted the funding on behalf of the Council.

“Funding for the River Walk project will allow Council to complete the missing parts of the shared pathway on both sides of the river, ensuring the community has safe access along the river corridor,” Mr Hicks said.

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall said the Queanbeyan River is in many ways the heart of Queanbeyan and the funding will complement Council’s future plans for a shared-path bridge over the Queanbeyan River near the existing low level bridge.

The funding comes from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, which is a once-in-a-generation investment in regional infrastructure. Further details on the fund can be found at www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.