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Morpeth path gets the nod from Maitland Councillors

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Enjoying a stroll or bike ride along the Hunter River from Morpeth to Walka Water Works – it’s an activity that could soon be possible after last night’s Maitland City Council meeting.

Councillors unanimously supported plans to apply for funding for a shared pathway, under the New South Wales Government’s Resources for Regions fund.

Stage one of the project includes a pedestrian and bicycle path, which will travel from Robert Street to Paterson Bridge, Morpeth.

The pathway, which would include interpretive public art and wayfinding signage as well as seating and bike racks, is part of a larger project to link two of Maitland’s significant iconic sites.

Cr Ben Whiting said the project will be beneficial for the region.

“It will be a massive tourist draw card, it will be well used by the whole community and will keep people active which is always a good thing.”

That was backed up by Cr Donald Ferris, who said the pathway is a vital project.

“It will be an absolutely terrific asset to this community,” he said.

“It will help the liveability of the community, not everyone will be relying on cars to get around and everyone could enjoy the river.

“A good ride from Walka to Morpeth would be amazing.”

The local community is also in favour of the pathway, which will also provide an avenue for exercise and dog walking.

“This is quite an exciting opportunity for our city,” Cr Mitchell Griffin said.

“I know there’s been a lot of interest in this from the local community over the last number of weeks in particular the community of Morpeth.

“It’s definitely a win for the community and I hope this will evolve over the next twelve months.”

Stage one of the project is expected to cost $886,000.

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