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Griffith City Council is set to construct new footpaths in Griffith and the villages of Yenda, Yoogali and Hanwood after receiving a funding boost from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities.

Mayor John Dal Broi has welcomed the funding, which will allow the work to commence in the 2018/2019 financial year.

“Council is in the process of finalising the designs for these projects and as part of this we are inviting feedback from the community,” Cr Dal Broi said.

“I urge residents to attend the upcoming forums so we can hear what they think about the plans.

“It’s important that those people who will use the footpaths provide their views as they know best what is needed.”

In addition, Council has also received a funding grant from the NSW Active Transport Program to construct a cycleway from Bunnings to Murphy Road (Baiada).

Councillor Simon Croce, who is Chairperson of the Traffic Committee, said the aim of the footpath proposals is to create safer thoroughfares for residents in each of the villages.

“This work is about improving access for everyone,” Cr Croce said.

“Every new piece of the footpath constructed is good news because it opens up options for all community members by improving access to facilities and encouraging a healthier lifestyle.”

Council will hold a series of forums to discuss the areas identified for construction with an opportunity for the residents of the villages to highlight any issues they may have with the proposals.

The Stronger Country Communities Footpath Proposals Public Consultation Forums will be held;

•Wednesday 22 August - Yoogali Public School - 7pm-8pm: Discussion regarding Yoogali footpath proposals 

•Monday 27 August - Yenda Public School - 7pm-8pm: Discussion regarding Yenda footpath proposals

•Wednesday 29 August - Hanwood Public School - 7pm-8pm: Discussion regarding Hanwood footpath and cycleway proposals 

•Monday 3 September - Griffith City Library - 7pm-8pm: Discussion regarding Griffith, Yenda, Yoogali and Hanwood proposals.