New pathway shows we’re on the right track

By TONY FOSTER

Mayor of Brighton

PREMIER David Bartlett visited our community to officially open our recently completed shared-use pathway that runs for three kilometres from Gunn Street near the Bridgewater Bridge around to the East Derwent Highway Bridge that spans the Jordan River.

The Premier brought his mountain bike and enjoyed a ride along the track with children from East Derwent Primary School. The pathway designed to meet the needs of cyclists, walkers, joggers and prams has opened up an area for all of us to use that until now was not accessible. When I first walked the track I was amazed at the views across the River Derwent to Mt Wellington and the abundance of wildlife on the river from swans to pelicans and the other various birdlife that exist there. I encourage everyone to do the walk particularly on a lovely sunny day.  I can guarantee you will certainly enjoy it and appreciate what a beautiful part of our municipality this is. We have now completed close on eight kilometres of shared-use pathways in our municipality, the 1.8 kilometre Old Beach section from the Jetty to Cassidy’s Bay, at Brighton there is now a 2.9 kilometre section completed which runs from Andrew Street in Brighton along the Jordan River through Pontville along the back of Pontville Park sporting complex to Blackburn Avenue.

Council is in the process of completing a further 1.6 kilometres from Blackburn Avenue to Cameron Road which gives us an excellent flat pathway for 4.5 kilometres along the banks of the Jordan River which incidentally is flowing now due to the recent rains we have enjoyed. Other pathways planned and due to start soon are the 2.2 kilometre route around Green Point itself and there is a further 1.4 kilometre stretch from the East Derwent Highway Bridge along the foreshore at Herdsman’s Cove. Our Council is committed to investing in recreational facilities that provide the opportunity for our community to improve their health and wellbeing by exercising on a regular basis.

I have included a map showing our completed pathways and those that are currently being planned or under construction.  I encourage everyone to experience allof our walking tracks they are all easy walking and the Brighton/Pontville pathway is different as it follows along the route of the Jordan River whereby our other completed paths are along the River Derwent.

I would love feedback from our track users with any comments you may have be they be favourable or otherwise and if you have any suggestions on improvements we can make.   Please let me know by email mayor@brighton.tas.gov.au.

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