River Walk improves access for City of Ryde

Media Release


11 October 2015

Joint release with:

John Alexander OAM MP

Federal Member for Bennelong

Anthony Roberts

NSW Member for Lane Cove

Jerome Laxale

Mayor of City of Ryde

Residents of Gladesville will now have better access to foreshore parks along the Parramatta River with today's opening of the final $1.88 million stage of the $2.9 million Ryde River Walk project.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Australian Government was delighted to have partnered with state and local government to deliver the project.

"The Australian Government has contributed $1.1 million toward the construction of the Ryde River Walk project. This is part of our commitment to providing long-term improvements in social and economic infrastructure for communities across Australia," Mr McCormack said.

Federal Member for Bennelong John Alexander, who was at the opening, said the project will improve access to the foreshore and provide improved recreational opportunities.

"The Ryde River Walk will not only provide residents with a recreational trail between Bill Mitchell Park and Looking Glass Bay connecting existing foreshore parks along the Parramatta River, through the construction of new stairs, non-slip footpaths and terrestrial boardwalks, but will enable the community and tourists to travel all the way from Melrose Park to Banjo Paterson Park in Gladesville by trail," Mr Alexander said.

New South Wales Member for Lane Cove Anthony Roberts said the project would improve the community's enjoyment by providing better public access.

"The local community will now be able to enjoy the unique attractions along the Parramatta River, including educational opportunities with reference to the local Aboriginal heritage, flora and fauna," Mr Roberts said.

Mayor of City of Ryde Jerome Laxale said the project was fantastic for local and surrounding communities.

"The Ryde River Walk is a fantastic piece of infrastructure that will unlock the foreshore for generations. It connects existing parks and provides an important link in a regional system of recreation trails that connect with adjoining Councils along the Parramatta River," Cr Laxale said.

The Ryde River Walk was funded with $1.1 million from the Australian Government, $435,542 from the NSW Government and $1.24 million from the City of Ryde.