Beach to Beach and Schools to Schools audience with the Minister

READY TO MOVE: Schools to Schools committee members John Cooke and Jason Koenig provided detailed drawings of the sections of their shared pathway considered to be top priority.

READY TO MOVE: Schools to Schools committee members John Cooke and Jason Koenig provided detailed drawings of the sections of their shared pathway considered to be top priority.

MEMBER for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams and NSW Minister for Roads and Freight, Duncan Gay met with volunteers from the Beach to Beach and Schools to Schools projects during a visit to the Camden Haven.

The two local committees, who share a vision for improved pedestrian safety in the area, have made considerable progress since they last met with the minister.

During Monday’s meeting, both groups outlined their immediate priorities and the key benefits the community will enjoy.

Schools to Schools volunteers John Cooke and Jason Koenig acknowledged the support received from Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and the NSW government to date, emphasising that further financial support is required to maintain forward momentum for the project.

Likewise Andrew McCoubrie from the Beach to Beach Riverwalk project outlined the need for financial and expert practical support for the boardwalk section of the riverwalk, which runs adjacent to the Camden Haven River mangroves.

SHARING THE VISION: Beach to Beach Riverwalk volunteers Andrew McCoubrie and Phil Higgins outline plans to build a technically challenging 160-metre section of riverfront boardwalk.

SHARING THE VISION: Beach to Beach Riverwalk volunteers Andrew McCoubrie and Phil Higgins outline plans to build a technically challenging 160-metre section of riverfront boardwalk.

“Our immediate priority is to secure support for those sections that are too technically difficult for us as a community group,” Mr McCoubrie said.

Mrs Williams praised the work of all the volunteers present, saying she was proud to introduce the minister to two such terrific community groups.

Mr Gay said he was impressed by these projects and people last time he visited, and that he remains impressed.

“The money the NSW government has put into these projects you’ve done well with,” Mr Gay said.

Mr Gay and Mrs Williams promised to take away each group’s next stage plans for further consideration.

“If we can do more for both groups within the parameters, then we will,” Mr Gay said.

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