Queanbeyan residents can now safely make their way across the town’s iconic river with the opening of the new shared-path bridge over the Queanbeyan River.
The completion of the footbridge allows walkers and cyclists to more safely cross the river and enables a walking loop around the river from the suspension bridge in East Queanbeyan to the town.
The footbridge also marks another step forward in a number of improvements to the infrastructure in Queanbeyan as part of the Queanbeyan CBD Master Plan.
The footbridge was officially opened by the Member for Monaro and NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall on Thursday, 12 September.
Mayor Overall said that during consultation on the award-winning Queen Elizabeth II Park redevelopment, the community identified a desire for a safe river crossing to enable a walking loop around the Queanbeyan River.
“This new bridge will reduce the need for pedestrians to cross busy Morisset Street twice within a short distance when trying to walk around the heart of the city.
“There is one further stage to fully complete the river walk loop – a section of shared-path along the river’s edge from QEII Park to this new bridge. It will pass beside the Riverside Tourist Park which is currently undergoing a refurbishment,” Mayor Overall said.
The new footbridge is part of a $400,000 upgrade of the Queanbeyan River Walk, a continuation of the makeover of the river precinct.
Construction of the bridge is all but complete, with only the installation of LED lighting, which will be able to change colours, remaining.
Mr Barilaro said the new shared-path bridge marks another exciting milestone in the changing face of Queanbeyan.
“Once this upgrade is fully complete, more people will be able to get out and about and enjoy this beautiful city,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Queanbeyan River is one of the most picturesque parts of the city and I am so happy to see its makeover progress.
“This shared-path bridge will be widely used and I am sure many members of our community, both walkers and cyclists, are excited to be able to step foot on this new piece of infrastructure.”
The funding for the makeover comes from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, which delivers vital pieces of infrastructure.
Round three of the fund is open, with applications closing on Friday, 27 September.
For more information visit http://www.nsw.gov.au/SCCF.