Getting around Merriwa just got easier

Filed in Just In by July 23, 2021

FOUR kilometres of new cycle and walkway paths will soon hit the streets of Merriwa.

The Upper Hunter Shire Council recently secured $922,674 for the pathway project, which will incorporate Merriwa’s existing River Walk.

Upper Hunter Shire Mayor, Maurice Collison said the project will be an asset to the Merriwa community and a great attraction for tourists.

“It will improve connectivity of the town and provide opportunities for exercise and community building,” Cr Collison said.

“The new pathways will link up with existing paths to the town’s sporting facilities including the recently completed skate park,” he said.

“The paths will also be a great attraction for tourists passing by. Visitors who stop at the Merriwa Driver Reviver can utilise the walkway and spend more time in the town, which will benefit local businesses,” he said.

The project is one of 195 to receive funding under the latest round of the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund.

Member for Upper Hunter, David Layzell called the project a tremendous win for Merriwa.

“Providing the ability to move freely and efficiently around a town boosts its appeal to visitors, residents and potential newcomers,” Mr Layzell said.

The community will be given the chance to have their say on the final design of the project.

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