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Bega River bike path completed

The last phase of the Bega River bike path has now been completed. The shared pathway covers over 5 kilometres and is accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. 

It commences at North Bega, near the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, and winds around Kiss' Lagoon, linking the existing path constructed by the Lions Club to the Bega River Reserve. The path extends around the Old Bega Racecourse and Bega River anabranch joining the existing bike path along Tarraganda Road.

South East Local Land Services project officer, Shannon Brennan said completion of this gentle grade path provides the Bega township with an important public asset.

"Walkers and cyclists can now travel from one side of Bega to the other without having to traverse road and school children can now safely ride their bikes to school and avoid busy roads," Ms Brennan said.

The bike path project is part of the Local Land Services Bega River Bridge to Bridge program, delivered in partnership with Bega Valley Shire Council, Bega River and Wetlands Landcare Group (BRAWL) and the On-Track Committee.

"The path has gradually been extended over the past three years," Ms Brennan said. 

"In addition to the community benefits, anyone using the path can also view and appreciate the various stages of river and wetland rehabilitation works that are currently underway. 

"Installation of this last stage of the bike path has seen another significant phase of revegetation being completed. More than 2 hectares and 2,000 native plants were recently planted adjacent to the pathway. Weed mat has been laid and native Lomandra grasses which have fibrous roots have been planted to help control weeds and reduce erosion due to their clumping form. Seats have also been installed to allow users to rest and appreciate the natural environment," Ms Brennan said.

To celebrate the success of this project, a Bega 'River Day' is planned for Sunday, 24 May 2015 from 10 am to 3 pm. BRAWL is coordinating the event with the support of project partners.

River Day will include a range of community friendly and educational events and activities in main reserve areas along the bike path. 

BRAWL Community Coordinator, Vickie Goldsmith said all members of the public are invited to come along and celebrate the completion of this important public asset and the unique river and wetland environments located right on Bega's doorstep.

For more information on River Day please contact Vickie Goldsmith on 0411 392 333.

The Bega River bike path and associated rehabilitation works have been funded by Bega Valley Shire Council, South East Local Land Services through Catchment Action NSW and the Australian Government, Bega Cheese, the Bega River and Wetlands Landcare Group through the NSW Environmental Trust (Community Bush Regeneration Stream Grant) and adjacent landholders.

Media contact:

Shannon Brennan
Senior Land Services Officer (Rivers)
Telephone: 02 6491 7823