Lighting up the river walkway

Thursday, 06 June 2019

The Wollondilly River Walkway will soon be sustainably lit, with solar lighting to be installed between Marsden Weir and the Kenmore Bridge following Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council was successful with a $377,000 grant funding application through the Federal Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Program. Solar LED lighting will be supplied and installed by Leadsun for the entire project.

Mayor Bob Kirk said the lighting will make what is already one of Goulburn’s most popular recreation spaces even more usable.

“The Wollondilly River Walkway has proven to be a huge success in allowing our community to better access the river itself, and enjoy fitness and recreation activities alongside it.

“Solar LED lighting means this is an environmentally friendly project with no ongoing costs. It also ensures a safer walkway for residents using it in the early hours or in the evening or night – a great result!”

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor welcomed Council’s decision to go with solar.

“Council’s use of sustainable energy options reflects community expectations,” Mr Taylor said.

“There is an increasing awareness that we can all do our bit to reduce carbon emissions across a broad range of smaller scale projects and in our individual lives.

“Along with many Goulburn residents, I enjoy running this track early in the morning or later in the afternoon. The lights will be a great addition to the course, particularly in winter.”

Council expects the solar lights to be installed in the coming months, while the elevated cantilever walkway linking stage one and two of the walkway is also expected to be completed shortly.

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