A boardwalk earmarked for the banks of the Macquarie River alongside Dubbo's Central Business District (CBD) has been allocated $3 million by the state government.
State Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders announced the funding which has been sourced from the government's NSW Public Spaces Legacy Fund.
Dubbo Regional Council has welcomed the funding for the boardwalk concept it developed with community input.
The council's director of liveability Skye Price said the boardwalk would be an integral feature of the Macquarie River CBD master plan.
"The boardwalk will enable locals and visitors alike to enjoy the natural beauty of the riverfront, right on the doorstep of the CBD," she said.
"Council is incredibly appreciative of the Public Spaces Legacy Fund because the boardwalk will be designed for all abilities.
"It will include prominent viewing platforms as well as seating for quite enjoyment and contemplation."
Mr Saunders said the 300-metre boardwalk would be "integrated with the Tracker Riley pathway and the CBD".
"The government has already given council funding to create the outdoor event area at Ollie Robbins Oval, as part of the wider Destination Dubbo-International Ready project, and the boardwalk will complement that nicely," he said.
The $250 million NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program was launched in August 2020.
It seeks to "protect the health of the community, provide economic and jobs stimulus in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and deliver a legacy of safe, quality, public and open space".
About 60 local government areas have received funding for more than 100 projects including new and improved walking and cycle paths, parks, trails and boardwalks, lookouts, foreshore and riverfronts, and outdoor event and performance spaces.
Dubbo Regional Council's Destination Dubbo - International Ready project aims to "capitalise on Dubbo's natural, cultural and heritage endowments" to develop three more cultural tourism products which would support Taronga Western Plains Zoo in showcasing Dubbo to the rest of Australia and the world.
They are the heritage plaza at Old Dubbo Gaol, the Wiradjuri Tourism Centre and Park, and the cultural-events precinct called Macquarie Foreshore.
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