CBSPA News: Shared Pathway Section 1 Officially opened 12th June 2010 »
12th June, 2010
The story behind this project:
After the death of a young bicycle rider, Andrew Baker on the Springs Road sandhill, on the 28.12.1997, this Association started talking, planning and approaching Council to have this shared pathway between Ski Beach Cudmirrah and Dybal Reserve Swanhaven become a reality. Many earlier attempts by this Progress Association met with no luck at all.
In 2004 we approached the then Mayor Greg Watson with our plan. we then had years of negotiating and preparing documents.
We finally addressed Council's Work & Finance Committee on Tuesday 13th June 2006.
Council approves our route on the 28th August, 2007.
BBQ launch on the 23rd August, 2009. (Partially completed)
Official opening took place on the 12th June, 2010. (Completed)
The middle section of this shared pathway will remain as a gravel surface as this part also serves as an easement and access for Shoalhaven Water and Intergral Energy to sewer, water and power lines.
We obtained two grants, one for $26,000 from the Federal Government through Shoalhaven City Council, the other from the State Government for $10,000. Council put in some funds and the rest of the money was raised by the community donating money to purchase pavers that have been set into the concrete shared pathway.
The Rotary Club of Sussex Inlet has been a great assistance to this project by having the project come under the Rotary "umbrella" giving us assistance with banking the monies received and paying out when the bills came in and most important covering us for insurance for the project.
They also put on a sausage sizzle at both openings for us. Thank you Rotary, we could not have carried out this project without your help.
Photo: Cutting the ribbon