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QUEANBEYAN RIVERWALK PICKS UP PACE
Walkers, cyclists and runners will soon enjoy a continuous loop around the Queanbeyan River as stage two of Queanbeyan’s Riverwalk project receives another injection of funds from the NSW Government. The Member for Monaro John Barilaro today announced $550,000 for the next stage of the project bringing the total funding package to over $1.7m. Stage two of Queanbeyan’s Riverwalk project will extend the paths along the river corridor, linking the golf course, parklands and urban areas with the CBD. “One of the jewels in Queanbeyan’s crown is its river and this project means more people can enjoy it,” said Mr Barilaro. “Improving access along the river opens it up for walkers, cyclists, runners and even platypus watchers to enjoy. “The Riverwalk provides a unique tourism opportunity, with very few regional cities providing safe paths to view platypus and other river wildlife, within the CBD area.” Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall said the Riverwalk project was an important part of an overall transformation of the Queanbeyan CBD. “The river is the centrepiece of Queanbeyan. It is held close to the heart of many in the community. “Development of the award winning Queen Elizabeth II Park has already seen the CBD begin to change shape with events such as Shakespeare by the River and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra performances drawing large crowds to the river side in the centre of Queanbeyan. “The Riverwalk project will complete a loop around the central part of the river between the suspension bridge and a new pedestrian bridge to be constructed near the low level bridge. “It is all part of a CBD transformation strategy that will see smart city infrastructure, improved parking, public spaces and a vibrant Queanbeyan CBD in the years to come,” said Mayor Overall.
The Queanbeyan Health Walking Group welcomed today’s funding announcement. “It will open up more walks for us to enjoy and showcase the best of what Queanbeyan has to offer our walkers and those who join our walks from over the border,” said Queanbeyan Health Walking Group member John Gordon. “Having safe and stable paths is also important and we are looking forward to seeing the project develop.” Stage one of construction work of the Riverwalk is continuing.