Schoools to Schools program uniting the Camden Haven

LET'S RIDE: The Schools to Schools committee and supporters with MP Leslie Williams enjoying one of the completed sections of the shared pathway.
LET'S RIDE: The Schools to Schools committee and supporters with MP Leslie Williams enjoying one of the completed sections of the shared pathway.

“Connecting the community” is the driving force behind three Camden Haven projects building several kilometres of shared cycleway/walkway paths from Kendall to Dunbogan.

Schools to Schools will connect Kendall Public, Camden Haven High, St Joseph’s Primary and Laurieton Public Schools via Ocean Drive.

Beach to Beach will link Dunbogan, Laurieton and North Haven via a shared riverwalk pathway.

Creek to Creek will connect Herons Creek to Stingray Creek via a walkway on the banks of Queens Lake.

On Wednesday Schools to Schools announced they had secured funding for the next section of their project.

“We’ve secured an extra $5,000 from the state government’s Community Building Partnership program, on top of the $10,000 grant we already received, which will go towards linking the section around Sirius Drive to the kerb and crossing area,” Schools to Schools volunteer Jason Koenig said.

“For the next section we’ve raised $5,000 in community fundraising, $30,000 from the Kendall Op Shop grants program, $30,000 from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities program and the $15,000 from the state government which will mean another 385 metres of concrete for the project.

“In the immediate future the section from Mountain View Road to Brother Glen Drive intersections will be constructed by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council contractors at the same time as the Ocean Drive roadworks. 

“After that, the section around Sirius Drive and beyond will be worked on by our volunteers.

“So far around 1.2kms of pathway has been completed which is about 15 per cent of the whole project.”

At Wednesday’s announcement of funding, State MP Leslie Williams said the shared pathways are worthy recipients of funding.

“These are fantastic local projects and the state government is happy to keep supporting them,” Mrs Williams said.