Premier Gladys Berejiklian joined Kiama MP Gareth Ward in visiting the Minnamurra River on Tuesday.
The river is set to benefit from a $4.5 million investment in a new cycleway as part of a $62 million active transport program announced in this year’s budget.
“We are giving communities across the state access to safe active transport options with more than 150 new projects around NSW including the Minnamurra Bends Cycleway,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“This project is set to be an iconic ride and one to rival south coast attractions, providing better access for locals to the beautiful Minnamurra River.”
Mr Ward said the Minnamurra Bends cycleway is considered by locals as a ‘missing link’ for active transport in the region.
“I am so pleased this project can now get off the ground with his funding allowing Kiama Municipal Council to develop detailed design plans to enable construction to take place,” he said.
“The project is a huge win for locals and visitors wanting better and more comfortable access to the Minnamurra River, a wonderful natural asset in our region.
“I would like to thank Clr Mark Way for his advocacy and the hundreds of local residents who signed my online Petition calling on the NSW Government to allocate funding for this terrific project,” Mr Ward said.
The Minnamurra Bends cycleway will be a highlight of a $5.4 million allocation to projects around Kiama under the Walking and Cycling program.
Transport for NSW is working with Kiama Municipal Council to deliver the project.