Raised walkway protects the lowlands

Article image - Raised walkway protects the lowlands Improved access will leave the wetland undisturbed Central Coast Council, New South Wales, has begun building a $1.05 million boardwalk in Springfield that will provide an essential link between the residential neighbourhood and the local community school. The boardwalk is positioned within an identified reserve area which is prone to flooding during storm events. Council Director, Assets, Infrastructure and Business, Mike Dowling said that Council has invested in an engineered design with considered materials. “Our priority is to build sustainable infrastructure to increase the quality of life for local communities now and into the future. “The walkway will be constructed of a strong and durable composite fibre, ensuring that this is a long-term structure that will continue to allow safer passage for many years to come. “ Mayor Jane Smith said that safety, accessibility and minimising environmental impact were Council’s primary considerations in designing the boardwalk. “The local community asked for a safer passageway between their homes and the local school. “For people with additional mobility needs, the area has not previously been accessible, and we’re excited that the boardwalk will enable many more people access through the reserve. “We’ve ensured the design minimises any impact on the environment and local native species, and by restricting passage to a defined walkway, surrounding vegetation will be protected from incidental damage caused by foot traffic.” Lucy Wicks, Member for Robertson said the boardwalk is fantastic news for Springfield families that advocated for this local project. “It’s also been great seeing Central Coast Council work so hard on consulting with the community and coming up with such an inspiring, environmentally sensitive design.” The project is jointly funded by Council and the Federal Government through its Improving Your Local Park and Environment program.