The NSW Nationals in the state government will provide more than $1.8 million in grants to local councils in north-western NSW to deliver new infrastructure to promote walking and cycling in their communities.

NSW Nationals Upper House MP Sam Farraway said the new infrastructure would make it easier for the community to get around their local area using active transport.

“These grants from the NSW Nationals in the state government will enable the construction of active transport projects in the Brewarrina Shire, Narrabri Shire, Lachlan Shire, Cobar Shire and Warrumbungle Shire areas,” Mr Farraway said.

“Active transport is a great way for the local community to get around and this new infrastructure will help to provide safe access for pedestrians and cyclists to schools and other local facilities.”

The projects are:

  • $375,000 for Brewarrina Shire Council for a shared path between New Town and Brewarrina, providing easy and safe access to the school, hospital, medical clinics and shops.
  • $330,561 for Narrabri Shire Council for a 510 metre shared path along George Street and Mitchell Street in Wee Waa connecting schools, residential areas, recreation areas and the church.
  • $289,212 for Narrabri Shire Council for a 940 metre shared path along Dangar Street in Narrabri to improve connections to key locations.
  • $166,057 for Cobar Shire Council for a shared path along Bathurst Street in Cobar linking the TAFE, high school, transport hub and town centre.
  • $479,160 for Warrumbungle Shire Council for shared path on Cassillis and Cowper streets in Coonabarabran to provide easy access to the town centre, hospital and other health services, transport hub and primary school.
  • $191,000 project from Lachlan Shire Council for a shared path 800m along the southern side of McInnes Street and the Foreshore of Lake Cargelligo to Deadmans Point Reserve.

The creation of these shared pathways is part of an investment of around $710 million in walking and cycling infrastructure over the next four years that will bring the NSW Nationals in the state government’s total investment to almost $1.1 billion – the largest in the state’s history.

“The NSW Nationals in the state government continue to encourage people to walk and cycle as part of their everyday commute, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle while also helping to relieve congestion on the roads,” NSW Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said.

Further information about these projects will be available from the respective councils as work progresses.