Boardwalk boost

By David Rak

The Federal Government has invested $350000 into an extension of the Nagambie Boardwalk.

The boardwalk extension will run about 170m in length and connect the existing boardwalk in Jacobson’s Reserve to Bryde St, facilitating access to recreational facilities in Buckley Park.

The project’s cost is $710200 in total, with a $250000 contribution from Strathbogie Shire Council and $110200 contributed by other stakeholders.

The boardwalk extension is part of the council’s broader Nagambie lakeside connection project which aims to provide greater connectivity, allowing for increased exposure to Lake Nagambie and the town centre and increase walking, cycling and fishing opportunities for residents and visitors.

The extension is the first of two stages in the Nagambie Lakeside Connection Project to connect the township of Nagambie through to the facilities at Buckley Park.

The second stage will involve the construction of a foreshore walk, which will provide a safe and accessible connection between the Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre and the Nagambie Town Centre.

‘‘The Liberals and Nationals are supporting local grassroots sport because we recognise the wider health, social, and community benefits that come from regular exercise,’’ Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said.

‘‘This extension will be an all-abilities outdoor trail suitable for use by pedestrians, cyclists, and fishers alike. We hope this expansion will make Nagambie an even more attractive location for sporting events.

‘‘It is fantastic for the Nagambie community and will have a broad range of health benefits for the local community.

‘‘I look forward to seeing this important boardwalk extension on the foreshore of Lake Nagambie become a hub for locals to meet and exercise.’’

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said the council welcomed the funding announcement which promoted accessibility and the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors to Nagambie now and into the future.

‘‘A recent study released by Sport Australia found walking is Australia’s most popular physical activity and we’re aiming to get more of our residents and visitors out walking and enjoying the lakeshore precinct,’’ she said.

‘‘We recently opened the doors of our new Visitor Information Centre and we had more than 650 people come through during the Easter and GoFish Nagambie weekends.

‘‘We also have in excess of 600 new residential lots in Nagambie and Avenel that are under assessment by council, as well as discussions with a number of commercial developers.

‘‘That is why this kind of infrastructure is so crucial to supporting connectivity, economic development and active and healthy living now and into the future.’’