WORK has started on the construction of a footpath from Old Bar’s town centre to the beach.
The community fought for the footpath with a public rally in December of 2016 after they were failed to secure funding from MidCoast Council in the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Grants Program.
Leading the charge was the Old Bar and Manning Point Chamber of Commerce, who placed the footpath as a top priority in their longstanding Old Bar Beautification Plan for the town.
After the public outcry, $15,000 was granted to the project from the NSW Government.
President of the Old Bar and Manning Point Chamber of Commerce Carole Isaacs said seeing the work begin on the project was a very proud moment.
“It is a result of having a goal and getting the community behind it,” she said.
"The footpath will increase the accessibility of the beach to young families with strollers, scooters, wheelchairs and is also essential for tourism.”
Carole said the path will stretch 450 metres, additionally, the path will also lead to Old Bar Preschool.
“This is phase one, next we want a footpath leading to Old Bar Public School.”
Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said: “Old Bar is one of the fastest growing areas in the Myall Lakes and it’s imperative that we have the infrastructure to keep up with that growth.”
The project sees the three tiers of government coming together with MidCoast Council and Federal member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie also assisting with the footpath.
MidCoast Council has partnered with Nortec Staffing Solutions and their Work for the Dole program to carry out the project.