Work has started on a shared pathway extension in Gunnedah that will connect the Namoi River to Mullibah Lagoon, connecting the open spaces and improving safety for users.
In April 2021, $2 million in funding was allocated to Gunnedah Shire Council for projects under the Gunnedah Public Spaces Activation Program, including the Shared Pathways Connection Program, Wandobah Road Open Space Enhancement Project and the Poetry Precinct Enhancement Project.
The Riverine Stormwater Precinct Shared Pathway project will complement the existing pathways. Contractor Daracon is working its way from Cohen’s Bridge along Maitland Street, to the Carroll Street end of Mullibah Lagoon to connect to the existing pathway at the Namoi River. The Geoff Morgan Playing Fields will be linked through Mullibah Lagoon. The pathway will include a stormwater bridge at the Osric Street stormwater head, and will be lit with solar lighting.
Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey said it was exciting for Council to have the opportunity to enhance the Shire’s open spaces for present and also future generations.
“One of the things residents love most about the Gunnedah Shire is its open spaces, so we, at Council, have taken that on board and are looking forward to delivering these projects in spaces that are already well-loved and well-used by our community,” he said.
“There is so much potential to improve these shared spaces and this is a great start.”
As part of the already completed Wandobah Road Open Space Enhancement Project, low fencing, intergenerational seating and rubbish bins were installed along the 2.16 kilometres of popular footpath on Wandobah Road over June and July.
The project builds on the existing shared pathway network and increases safety for users by discouraging vehicle access to the Wandobah Reserve.
Work on the Riverine Stormwater Precinct Shared Pathway project is expected to be complete by early March.