Bega bike path on track, new section opening Thursday

The new section of path along the Old Bega Racecourse.

The new section of path along the Old Bega Racecourse.

THE community is invited to help celebrate the opening of the latest section of river path at the Old Bega Racecourse.

The opening will be on Thursday from 12-1.30pm, with Member for Bega Andrew Constance officially cutting the ribbon at 12.30pm.

Head along by car, bike or foot and enjoy a sausage sandwich while you inspect the new path and river access.

The recent extension brings the Bega Bridge to Bridge project to the Old Bega Racecourse. 

The path completes another section of what will eventually be a cycling and pedestrian link between the Princes Hwy and Tarraganda Bridge. 

The new path leads to stairs that provide easy access to the Bega River. 

Cyclists and those on foot can then continue around the racecourse to re-join the path again.

The Bega Bridge to Bridge project is allowing locals to enjoy the river in many places and the revegetation work will help maintain the stability of the river during floods.

The degraded state of the river was the impetus for the creation of the Bega River and Wetlands Landcare Group (BRAWL) in 2006. 

In 2010 a successful partnership formed to provide momentum to the river rehabilitation. 

Working together to provide a valuable community space for the people of Bega are the NSW Government (Community Building Partnership and Environmental Trust program), South East Local Land Services, Bega Valley Shire Council, NSW Trade and Investment (Crown Lands), BRAWL, Bega Cheese, local landholders and the On-Track committee. 

The Old Bega Racecourse is operated by the On-Track committee, which manages hire of the space for private and public events.

For more information about Thursday’s event or the Bega Bridge to Bridge project, call Vickie Goldsmith on 0411 392 333.

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