Construction on a new shared path for the Nyah District starts on Monday.
Running from Two Bays roadhouse through to the start of Monash Avenue, the path will create a permanent connection between Nyah and Nyah West.
Local contractor Coburns Earthmoving will carry out the works, which will see the existing 2.5 kilometre informal dirt track converted into a two-metre wide gravel shared path.
Identified as a top priority in the Nyah District Community Plan, the walking track has been a long term project, driven by the Nyah District Action Group (NDAG).
Murray Mallee Ward Councillor Gary Norton said NDAG members had worked tirelessly on this project.
“A lot of hard work, hours and advocating over a number of years have gone in to getting this project off the ground – so I think I can speak for the Nyah District community in saying were looking forward to seeing it come to fruition.
“And to top it all of it’s great to see a local Nyah contractor carrying out the works.”
NDAG member and Nyah West local Harry Schlegel (pictured above with his Alexandrine parrot Gem) echoed Councillor Norton’s thoughts.
“I’ve been a member of NDAG for around a year and a half, but this project has been at the top of the list since before then. So there is a lot of excitement that it’s getting underway.”
Walking the track a couple of times a week, Harry enjoys the natural beauty of the area.
“It’s really picturesque out here and actually quite easy to forget that you’re walking alongside a main road. And I think the gravel track will fit in nicely and not detract from this.”
Mr Schlegel added that he hoped once the track was finished he would see more people while out on his walks.
“At the moment I don’t pass a lot of people when I use the track. But hopefully once it’s finished community members might be more likely to take their dog for a walk or even jump on a bike.”
With work expected to take around three months, the project will be completed by late August, weather permitting.
During this time the informal walking track will be closed to the public. Contact details and information on detours and project updates will be available at the Nyah end of the track
Funding for this project was made possible thanks to Council and the Community Planning Program.