THE NAMBUCCA Valley is about to receive significant improvements thanks to over $5 million in government grants allocated to Council.
Awarded as part of Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, the lions share of the cash will go toward the Nambucca River Foreshore Walk and Cultural Way Improvements project.
Once completed, there will be an uninterrupted path from the local Visitor Information Centre along the waterways to the V Wall, arguably one of the most iconic tourist destinations on the Mid North Coast.
Nambucca Valley Mayor Rhonda Hoban OAM said the Council are thrilled to have been successful in their funding applications.
"Council couldn't be happier than with the announcement of $2.45 million for the Nambucca River foreshore walk and cultural way," she said.
"Once completed, this will provide a one of a kind experience for visitors and residents at Nambucca Heads, and serve our local economy well."
A vital part of the project will be replacing the old boardwalk between the Visitor Information Centre and Bellwood Park, which had to be closed due to safety concerns after it was damaged.
Along with the upgrades to existing pathways, the new track will also feature signage and art to promote the Valley's rich cultural, historical, and environmental aspects.
At this stage, locals and visitors will be able to enjoy the Nambucca River Foreshore Walk sometime in 2022, depending on weather and COVID restrictions.
In the meantime, Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said an added benefit of the construction process would be creating new jobs in the area.
"Nambucca Valley Council is proposing to construct this foreshore walk using its day labour," he said.
"A crew of six staff members will work on this project during the construction phase.
"The Black Summer Bushfires significantly impacted this community, and the hope is this project will help improve an iconic tourist destination and attract more visitors to the area.
"The bushfires were a terrible blight, but if there is a silver lining to come out of that tragedy, it's this big government investment in the region."
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