Cessnock City Council welcomed an announcement from the NSW Government that will provide more than $1.5 million under the Active Transport Grant to help deliver new infrastructure to promote walking and cycling in the Cessnock CBD.

Catherine Cusack, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter said the new infrastructure would make it easier for the community to get around their local area using active transport.

“This grant from the NSW Government will enable the construction of more than 3 kilometres of shared path linking the Cessnock CBD with public schools, sporting complexes and community centres,” said Ms Cusack.

“Active transport is a great way for the local community to get around and this new infrastructure will help to provide safe access for pedestrians and cyclists to schools and other local facilities.”

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said it’s fantastic news that will improve connectivity for both cyclists and pedestrians.

“Council will construct shared paths, for pedestrian and cyclists in the Cessnock CBD and a number of pedestrian refuges that will make it easier and safer for people moving around the town centre. The paths will better connect Bridges Hill Park to the CBD.”

The project also includes pathways that provide safe passage for both pedestrians and cyclists looping the Cessnock CBD, connecting to two public schools and the Cessnock Youth Centre and Outreach Service.

Council looks forward to delivering these works to the community.