Students help develop walkway

A partnership between Goulburn Mulwaree Council in New South Wales and students at the University of Canberra has delivered innovative ideas for a river walkway.

Following construction of the first stage of the Wollondilly River Walkway in Goulburn, a project that has created excitement within the community, Council made contact with University of Canberra (UC) to link with Landscape Architecture students.

Five students took the project on, and have now presented exciting design concepts for the river walkway.

Council staff wanted the students to work without the limitations of planning law or budgets.

Innovative concept ideas have included: using mobile phone applications to encourage geocaching and celebrate historical elements of the land; a man-made beach; the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge and history; and building upon Goulburn’s Historic Waterworks to create a vast event space with an amphitheatre.

Mayor Bob Kirk said the project had been a great success so far.
“We are continuing to develop a strong relationship with the University of Canberra, and the ideas the students have come up with are nothing short of inspiring.

“Stage 2 of the Walking Track incorporates an elevated walkway around the rock face at Joshua Street, and we will also soon begin work on a footbridge that will link the walking track with the northern side of the river.

Work on Stage 2 of the River Walkway is expected to begin in the second half of 2017.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council will continue to develop a strong relationship with the University of Canberra, and is looking forward to exciting projects in the near future.

The River Walkway will be over 10km in length following completion in a number of stages over the coming years.

It will incorporate picnic and barbecue spaces, fitness equipment stations and other community spaces.