The tender for the design and consult phase of the 1.6 kilometre boardwalk and cycleway along the Minnamurra River has been awarded to the Wollongong office of infrastructure and environmental services company, Cardno.
The contract marks the second phase of the project, with preliminary designs and community consultation having been conducted over the last couple of months.
It involves the completion of a detailed design, environmental impact assessment, community consultation and to acquire relevant regulatory approval for the shared boardwalk and cycleway alongside the Minnamurra Bends.
The structure is envisaged as a four metre wide path cantilevering over the river.
The design and consult work is expected to commence immediately and be completed by early 2019. The structure may be built by the middle of next year.
The project has long been an ambition of the Minnamurra Progress Association, and has been championed at Council by Councillors Mark Way and Warren Steel. Full funding of $4.5 million by the State Government was announced last July.
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward says, “After community petition and campaign, I wasdelighted to secure a commitment in the last NSW Budget.
“As your local MP, I love nothing more than fighting for projects that make a real difference in people’s lives and improve our community.”
Mayor of Kiama Mark Honey says the project will both be an asset for locals and a boon for tourism.
“The shared boardwalk is another step forward for the tourism industry in our Municipality, while also serving an important and unique link for our community.
“Its idyllic location will be a wonderfully iconic attraction for visitors, residents and environmental groups.”
To the north it will link up to the bridge underpass, which provides a pathway to formal start of the Kiama Coast Walk at Minnamurra.