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Fernleigh Track to receive $1.17m funding boost

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One of the region’s most popular walking and cycling paths, the Fernleigh Track, is set to receive another funding boost.

The unique corridor, a joint project between Lake Macquarie City Council and City of Newcastle, welcomes thousands of visitors annually, making it a much-loved tourist spot.

In August, the southern section of the 1.6km Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track (FAST), between Blacksmith’s Awabakal Avenue and Belmont South’s Hilda Street was officially opened.

Now, $1.17 million from the Get NSW Active program has been allocated towards the construction of the TAFE Link.

That will join the existing track at Belmont’s Railway Parade with the southern section.

In addition, the link is expected to improve connectivity, as well as rider and pedestrian safety because safety enhancements will be made along Green Street, Belmont, and at the intersection with Ocean Park Road.

The completion of the northern section of FAST will create a 27km continuous off-road cycleway from Murrays Beach to Adamstown, too.

Swansea state MP Yasmin Catley said the Fernleigh Track was a key piece of infrastructure to Lake Macquarie residents.

“Since being elected in 2015, I’ve been a strong advocate for its extension between Belmont and Swansea,” she explained.

“I know it will encourage the community to get active and improve locals’ overall health and wellbeing.

“So, I’m pleased to see the government supporting the project and providing $1.17 million of funding towards constructing the missing link of the Fernleigh Track.

“Just earlier this week we opened the $3 million Swansea Boardwalk, which was co-funded by state and local governments.

“The collaboration between those respective representatives is delivering millions of dollars’ worth of infrastructure for the Swansea electorate.”

Fernleigh Track access points

(with car park)

  • Adamstown train station, Park Avenue
  • Burwood Road, Kahibah (car park at entry to Glenrock State Conservation Area)
  • Station Street/Hudson Street, Whitebridge
  • Cowlishaw Street, Redhead
  • Railway Crescent (via Wommara Avenue), Jewells
  • Railway Parade, Belmont

(without formal car park)

  • Fletcher Street, Adamstown
  • Dibbs Street/Brisbane Water Road, Adamstown
  • Brisbane Water Road/Bailey Street, Adamstown
  • Kinross Avenue, Adamstown Heights
  • Faul Street, Adamstown Heights
  • Paterson Close, Whitebridge
  • Station Street/Candish Street, Whitebridge
  • Oakdale Road, Dudley

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