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First stage of work for Hawkesbury Heights pathway underway

By Blue Mountains City Council
Posted: 24 May 2024
Susan Templeman MP, Federal Member for Macquarie; Mark Greenhill, Mayor of the City of Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains City Council has initiated the first stage of works required in the creation of the new Hawkesbury Heights shared path, with surveying work now underway.

The new shared path is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2026 and will deliver 4km of 2.5m wide off-road shared pathway between Winmalee Shopping Precinct and Hawkesbury Lookout, Hawkesbury Heights.

Once completed, the pathway will connect with existing paths to provide a continuous accessible link for walkers travelling between Springwood town centre, Winmalee town centre and Hawkesbury Lookout.

The Hawkesbury Heights Shared Path is one of over 90 active transport links that Blue Mountains City Council has committed to delivering over the next three years.

Blue Mountains Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill said: “No matter where we live, it’s important for everyone in our community to be able to access and enjoy our streets safely.

“Safer pathways and crossings help families to stay healthy and spend quality time together. The community’s vision is for a network that links our town centres to each other and to key infrastructure, increasing the range of options for all of us to get around and enjoy our streets and neighbourhoods safely and sustainably.

“This project is part of that vision.”

Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman MP said: “I’m delighted to see Council work start on this crucial link between Hawkesbury Heights and Winmalee.

“Whether it’s kids riding to school or the shops, parents with prams and toddlers, or older residents, this will provide a safe pathway and an opportunity for Hawkesbury Heights residents to get out and be active.

“It has taken many years for this funding to be secured, and I’m very proud that funding has been delivered by the Albanese Government, but I really want to acknowledge the work by local residents to highlight the need for this project. Like all those eager to start using the pathway, I’ll be following keenly the various stages of this important investment in the lower Blue Mountains.”

Surveying the proposed route is a critical first milestone for the project and will be followed by an extensive design process involving safety auditing with transport authorities, before the design concepts are published for community consultation.

This project is majority funded under the Australian Government’s Investing in Our Communities Program.

For more information and project updates go to here

 
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