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Newcastle Herald
Newcastle Herald
Sage Swinton

Funding to improve Fernleigh track extension

Greater Newcastle city commissioner Matt Endacott, Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser, NSW Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes at the Fernleigh Track. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

A dedicated pathway behind Belmont TAFE is set to improve the Fernleigh Track extension after a $1.17 million grant for the project.

NSW Active Transport minister Rob Stokes visited Belmont on Wednesday to announce the Get NSW Active grant for works within a two kilometre stretch that will link the recently completed southern section at Hilda Street, Belmont South, with the end of the existing track at Belmont.

The grant will allow council to build the shared pathway on parkland behind the TAFE.

The northern section of the extended Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track will include a boardwalk over the Belmont Lagoon wetland, a new bridge over Cold Tea Creek and a platform to take in views of the lagoon. Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser said construction was due to begin in the new year.

"To have the access and the shared pathway going behind the TAFE and going through those beautiful trees and going near the iconic Belmont Lagoon is going to be absolutely magnificent," Cr Fraser said.

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