A new shared pathway to improve public access to the Nepean River and new landscaping works in Tench Reserve, Jamisontown, will be funded with $115,000 from the NSW Government.
The Metropolitan Greenspace Program Grant will help build the new 400 metre concrete path for walkers and cyclists to help the public more easily get to and enjoy the Nepean River and its surrounds.
The path improvements are part of a long-term plan to create the Great Nepean River Walk, and will make the existing Bridge to Bridge walking and cycling loop more accessible and attractive to users.
The landscaping work will include rain gardens to improve water quality for the Nepean River.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes said protecting and improving open greenspace areas was a priority of the NSW Government.
“Access to public open space is vital to making a place where people can live happy, fulfilling lives,” Mr Stokes said.
“We want to make sure that, as our towns and suburbs get bigger, they get better as well.”
Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres welcomed the funding for the pathway.
“Our local community has a great love and long-running connection with the Nepean River, and I’m delighted the NSW Government is helping to fund this project,” Mr Ayres said.
Greater Sydney Commission West District Commissioner Sean O’Toole said improving public access to the Nepean River would benefit countless Sydneysiders and visitors to western Sydney.
“It is one of the aims of the Commission to ensure we protect the environment for future generations,” Mr O’Toole said