Shellharbour path to boost tourism

Shellharbour Mayor Kellie Marsh and Kiama MP Gareth Ward test the new section of path at Albion Park Rail. Picture: SYLVIA LIBERShellharbour City’s popular cycleway and footpath network just got bigger with the completion of a $360,000 section at Albion Park Rail.

Jointly funded by Shellharbour City Council and the state government, the new section of shared-use path runs along the western side of the Princes Highway, between Airport Road and the Illawarra Highway.

It links the existing sections south of the airport with the Lake Illawarra Foreshore.

Shellharbour council’s group manager of development and technical services, Max Boenisch, said the funding had also contributed towards the installation of a pedestrian refuge on the Illawarra Highway and modifications to the Darcy Dunster Reserve access road to provide the safe bicycle connection.

Shellharbour Mayor Kellie Marsh and Kiama MP Gareth Ward said Shellharbour’s cycleways, including a 12-kilometre section from Oak Flats to Shellharbour Village, were the envy of many other local governments.

“They are a great way for families to be active and get out and enjoy the area … they are great from a tourism perspective as well,” Cr Marsh said.

Mr Ward said the path provided benefits for cyclists, people on roller skates and scooters, through to pedestrians and the elderly on motorised scooters.

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