THE big concrete pour in Blayney is on in earnest with construction well underway on the much-anticipated Belubula River walk.
Last year Blayney Shire Council received $310,052 in the first round of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Funding allocations to construct the 720 metre long, 2.5 metre wide path from Dakers Oval along Henry Street to the existing paths network at the school bus stop in Martin Street.
A concerted clean-up campaign for the river paved the way for the initiative and council, with support from community organisations, were able to remove willow trees and weeds and replace them with native plants.
Bathurst MP Paul Toole said that for years the Belubula River that runs through town had been overrun by blackberries and weeds and had become more of an eyesore than asset for the town.
He said the riverine environment was now much healthier and that residents and visitors were now seeing the winding path take shape.
“It’s being hailed as a wonderful rejuvenation of a very picturesque area of the town,” Mr Toole said. “Locals are already making use of the pathway which has opened up an area which was previously been an unused eyesore.
“Thanks to this initiative, the local community will have a facility that allows everyone to enjoy the Belubula River and connecting sporting facilities to the centre of Blayney.”