The plan to create shared cycleways in South West Rocks and Crescent Head has taken a further step forward following the announcement from the NSW Government that a grant has been approved to make the project a reality.
The $100,000 grant will assist Kempsey Shire Council in delivering the project which will make it easier for the community to get around the local area using active transport.
Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said the new cycleways would provide locals with a more convenient, healthy and environmentally-friendly transport option.
"The grant provided by the NSW Government will help Kempsey Shire Council with the ongoing implementation of its BIKEPLAN construction," she said.
The grant will help fund around 650 metres of off-road cycleway in Gregory St South West Rocks and Pacific St in Crescent Head.
"The cycleways will provide an opportunity for safer cycling for all age groups, especially young children cycling with adults. The routes selected provide connectivity to a primary school in Crescent Head and a neighbourhood shopping centre in South West Rocks," Mrs Pavey said.
Kempsey Shire Council has welcomed the funding for the project.
"Improving our shire's cycling network is an important investment," Kempsey Shire Council's Director Operations and Planning Robert Fish said.
"The project forms part of council's BIKEPLAN which aims to increase connectivity to schools, commercial centres and recreational centres and has been identified in council's 2020-21 Works Program."
The creation of these cycleways is part of an investment of around $710 million in walking and cycling infrastructure over the next four years that will bring the NSW Government's total investment to almost $1.1 billion - the largest in the state's history.
Work on the cycleways in South West Rocks and Crescent Head is expected to begin in March next year.