Rylstone is finally getting a footbridge

Bathurst MP Paul Toole, with Rylstone locals after announcing more than $432,000 in funding for the construction of a steel pedestrian footbridge.
Bathurst MP Paul Toole, with Rylstone locals after announcing more than $432,000 in funding for the construction of a steel pedestrian footbridge.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole has announced $432,108 in funding to breathe new life into the Rylstone community through round two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The money will fund the construction of a steel pedestrian bridge across the Cudgegong River on the Bylong Valley Way at Rylstone and will feature fibre reinforced plastic decking and cycleway balustrade hand rail, according to a press release from Paul Toole’s office.

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Mr Toole said that currently, pedestrians wanting to cross the river to access Rylstone from the West have to walk on the road bridge which is difficult and heavily used by cars, trucks and buses.

“The construction of a new pedestrian bridge will provide a safe pedestrian/bike path between East and West Rylstone, linking walking tracks to the town centre and creating a safe walking and bike riding path for residents,” he said.

“It also means tourists will have a safe walking path to explore the region and town when visiting. The new bridge will also reduce vehicle movements and pollution, improving the health and wellbeing of the community,”

Bathurst MP Paul Toole, right, with Mid-Western Regional Council’s Cr Peter Shelley, general manager Brad Cam and Mayor Cr Des Kennedy. Photo: Supplied

Bathurst MP Paul Toole, right, with Mid-Western Regional Council’s Cr Peter Shelley, general manager Brad Cam and Mayor Cr Des Kennedy. Photo: Supplied

“Families, runners, cyclists and recreational walkers will be able to use the paths regularly, improving the overall physical activity of residents.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the roll out of the second round of projects takes Stronger Country Communities funding to $300 million total.

“The $300 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund that is employing local tradies, putting local suppliers to work and providing the right environment to operate regional businesses,” he said.

For more information, please visit: www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities