Council held an Official Opening for the Bidgee Riverside Cultural Trail on Wednesday 9th May 2018. The project incorporates the extension of the walking trail through Bushy Bend and Sandy Point, and the refurbishment of the Old Sewer Treatment Works (also located in Sandy Point). The opening was conducted by the Mayor, Bill Sheaffe and Member for Murray, Mr Austin Evans.
Contributions towards to project were by the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development through the Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program ($250,000), NSW Office of Environment & Heritage through the Heritage Near Me Program ($74,735), Roads & Maritime Services through the Cycling Connecting Centre Program ($27,500) and Hay Shire Council ($47,000).
Council has long had a vision of utilising the river as a visitor attraction and a facility for its population to enjoy the beauty of the river, and is extremely grateful for the funding received to achieve this vision. The project included:
- Extending walking/cycling track an additional 2.2km
- Created an additional visitors attraction by cleaning up the old Sewer Treatment Works
- A viewing platform under the bridge to view the Aboriginal art
- Made attractions and riverfront accessible by wheelchair and pram
- Installed solar lights, which is a starting point in using sustainable technology for Hay Shire Council.
Brochure from Opening