A new footpath and shared path along Bloomfield Road in Nilma is now open to the public.
Baw Baw Shire Mayor Joe Gauci opened the new path before a crowd of local residents and users.
Nilma Primary school students are said to benefit from the new footpath with improved pedestrian access along the eastern side of Bloomfield Road from Queen Street.
“The new pathway extension is a welcome improvement to the area, providing safe and accessible means of active transport for school children, parents, and recreational walkers and riders alike”, Cr Gauci said.
“This is a much needed link that will allow for better connectivity between (Bloomfield Road and Queen Street).”
The project is one of 36 new footpaths and shared paths planned for construction under the $1.072 million 2015/16 New Footpaths Program that is funded by the 2015/16 Capital Works Program.
Council deemed the project a priority after thorough consultations with local residents and Nilma Primary school staff regarding the proposed works in February.
“The new footpath is a valuable asset to our community and a welcomed improvement to those who use it”, Cr Gauci said.
“This project is another example of our ongoing commitment to improve pedestrian access and safety throughout the Shire.”
The Mayor thanked the project managers, designers and contractors Future Civil Group and Micton Constructions for the construction of the new footpath.
A shared path and footpath connection along Burke Street in Warragul is also now open with the hope of improving wheelchair access in the area.