Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Path progress for Greater Shepparton

Greater Shepparton City Council has awarded two major contracts for upgrades to shared paths and missing link paths totalling more than $600,000 to local business, Cleaves Earthmoving and Drainage Pty Ltd.

The first contract involves the construction of a shared path along the Goulburn Valley Highway, between River Road West and Sanctuary Drive. The 650-metre shared path includes a 230-metre boardwalk with a 13-metre bridge across Waterbird Creek.

Council says an impressive 200 cubic metres of concrete and 410 tonnes of crushed rock will be needed to connect Sanctuary Drive and Sevens Creek estate to Emerald Bank and Riviera Park estates. The works are expected to be completed by mid-April 2022, weather permitting.

The second contract is for the construction of three missing link footpaths at Hosie Road, Shepparton East between Ackers Court and Cook Drive; Channel Road, Shepparton between Da Vinci Drive and Archer Street; and Bartlett Street, Tatura between Ross Street and Martin Street. These paths will improve access and safety for pedestrians, with all three expected to be completed by the end of March 2022, Council said in a statement.

Tuesday’s Council Meeting also saw the authorisation of the purchasing of land at 90 Seven Creeks Drive, Kialla to continue the shared path connection along Sevens Creek. The 11.7 hectare parcel of land will create additional open space and allow for the construction of shared and recreational paths. Planning work will commence for this shared path in the near future, and will include design, cultural heritage management, native vegetation impact assessment, flood modelling and detailed design and documentation.

Mayor, Kim O’Keeffe said the projects were important ones for the region to ensure accessibility and encourage health and wellbeing outcomes for all.

“Council understand the importance of shared paths and joining missing link footpaths around the region,” she said.

“We want to provide residents and visitors with the best possible and safest access to all parts of Greater Shepparton and ensure there are ways to get around on foot or via bike to encourage healthier lifestyles.

“While these works may see some disruptions in the areas during completion, the end results will provide better access to ensure Greater Shepparton is an attractive, vibrant and liveable region.”

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