Cambe pathway almost complete

Cambewarra Residents and Ratepayers Association volunteers, who helped to build and put the bridge in place, the final piece of the pathway on Tuesday. Picture: Rebecca Fist
Cambewarra Residents and Ratepayers Association volunteers, who helped to build and put the bridge in place, the final piece of the pathway on Tuesday. Picture: Rebecca Fist

Community-minded volunteers in Cambewarra have combined to build a pathway along Main Road, that allows pedestrians to walk safely from one side of town to the other.

The final piece of the pathway puzzle was laid down on Tuesday.

A footbridge, engineered and built by Cambewarra Residents and Ratepayers Association members and funded by Shoalhaven City Council, was placed over a creek on the western side of town.

The 8m long, 2.5 tonne bridge was built by 86 year-old master boat builder Peter Broom.

Community member Graeme Cord was satisfied to see it all come together on Tuesday, after the group contributed nearly 500 hours of voluntary work.

They started clearing land for the pathway in July 2016.

“It will get people off the road, you can tell the road is too narrow to walk on,” Mr Cord said.

“People can wheel prams safely, kids can walk and ride to school.”

It was built in a local garage and moved to its final resting place by truck on Tuesday.

Next, tractors will come in, and move the road-base pathway, connecting it to the bridge.

Mr Cord said the project would not have been possible without the work of volunteer project manager Peter Jirgens.

Council made two $10,000 donations towards the project, costing up to $60,000 if it had been done by the city, or contract labour.

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