Governor of NSW throws his support behind the Branxton Greta Memorial Cycleway project
Cessnock City Council congratulated Branxton Greta Business Chamber (BGBC) for their hard work in securing the support of His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales for the Branxton Greta Memorial Cycleway project.
President of the BGBC Brett Wild received correspondence from Government House confirming that His Excellency the Governor agreed to grant Vice- Regal Patronage for the proposal, an exciting development as efforts are made to secure funding.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent applauded the BGBC for their commitment to the local project and commended those instrumental to securing such high level support. “It is absolutely fantastic to hear the Governor of NSW will be the official patron of this unique and wonderful project.
This is a testament to the perseverance of the members of the chamber who are working tirelessly to see the cycleway come to life.”Mr Wild said to have the Governor of NSW as the official patron is very exciting for our community and shows this project is a stand out. “To attract such esteemed support for the Branxton Greta Memorial Cycleway project puts us in a very positive position for the future. I look forward to continuing to work together with Cessnock City Council to attract funding for this very important piece of infrastructure.”
The project valued at around $2.6 million includes a 4.5-kilometre cycleway connecting Branxton and Greta via the New England Highway.
The plan also includes the planting of 287 Lone Pine trees in memory of the 287 Branxton and Greta residents who served in World War I. Additionally the BGBC has lodged an application for $730,000 for the memorial aspects of the cycleway, with another $350, 000 needing to be fundraised in addition to this.
Cessnock City Council recently submitted an application to the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program for this project.