A project more than two years in the making has come to fruition in Rylstone.

It was back in September 2018 that Bathurst MP Paul Toole announced more than $432,000 in support from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) for the construction of a steel pedestrian footbridge across the Cudgegong River on the Bylong Valley Way.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole said the good news is the footbridge is now completed and being used by locals and visitors and that he is looking forward to inviting the community to the official opening and celebration later in the year.

Mr Toole visited Kandos recently to meet with Mayor Des Kennedy, Councillor Peter Shelley and Mid-Western Regional Council general manager Brad Cam to inspect the new footbridge.

“Mid-Western Regional Council have managed the works and I know that residents are elated with the end result with safety of pedestrians vastly improved,” he said.

“The 88 metre x 2.5 metre steel pedestrian footbridge was built off-site to allow for minimal disruption to traffic and road movements.

“Its completion provides a safe pedestrian/bike path between East and West Rylstone, linking walking tracks to the town centre and creating a safe walking and bike riding path for residents.”

General Manager of Mid-Western Regional Council Brad Cam said the bridge would also benefit visitors in the region.

“It also means tourists will have a safe walking path to explore the region and town when visiting. The new pedestrian bridge will also reduce vehicle movements and pollution, improving the health and wellbeing of the community,” Mr Cam said.