AS 20 projects compete for a share of $100 million in Restart NSW Infrastructure funding, the Minnamurra Progress Association will watch from the sidelines, with its proposal failing to make the shortlist.
The association applied for $100,000 to build the first stage of a pedestrian walkway beside the Minnamurra River along Riverside Drive, from the Minnamurra bridge to Oxley Avenue.
Progress association president Cliff Mason said pedestrians use a narrow path between the roadside barrier and the sloping embankment, while avoiding drainage pipes.
"There's just no room," he said.
"Pedestrians do take a risk by walking around that narrow part of the Minnamurra Bends, in fact it's quite dangerous."
He said Riverside Drive was a main entrance to the Kiama municipality.
"The drive around the bends is very pretty as it is, but there's nothing like walking around," he said.
"It would link up with the other walks."
Restart NSW did not shortlist the project because it "demonstrated a lower economic benefit for the region as a whole".
Mr Mason said it was disappointing to miss out.
"It's not going to stop the progress association from reapplying if further opportunities for grants come forward," he said.
The association is looking for new members.
Meetings are held at the Minnamurra Progress Hall on Charles Avenue on the first Tuesday of the month from 7.30pm.