The Moree community is being given the opportunity to vote on the design they like best for static exercise equipment which is set to be installed along the Mehi River corridor, opposite Kirkby Park.
The installation of the exercise equipment is part of Moree Plains Shire Council's Mehi River beautification project to revitalise the corridor, which is jointly funded by the state government's Stronger Country Communities Fund ($402,554) and Moree Plains Shire Council ($100,000).
The project is now at stage three, which involves the installation of static exercise equipment opposite Kirkby Park.
Council has identified three suitable options for equipment, and is asking community members to vote in a poll to determine the design which best suits the community's needs.
"For some years now, community members have been very vocal about their desire for equipment such as this within the shire," council's acting director of engineering Lila Fisher said.
"Council has made the commitment to involve the community in the development of this project and I encourage residents to vote in the poll so we can achieve the best outcome and ensure the equipment is fit for purpose and well-utilised.
"The completion of this project will see an area that encourages passive recreation; improving health outcomes for the whole community and creating a beautiful space where residents and visitors can exercise and relax.
"The static exercise equipment will be a great addition to this fantastic new recreational area and council looks forward to seeing residents and visitors alike utilising the equipment."
Works completed so far include a number of shared pathways (Broadwater Bridge pathway, Jellico Park pathway, Bloomfield Oval pathway and Perl French Grove pathway). Bollards and pedestrian barriers have been installed in sections to improve safety and the stairs at Bloomfield Oval have been converted into a ramp to enable cyclists, prams and runners continuous access. A spectacular mural by local artist Amy Esme-Lou has been completed, adding a vivid point of interest.
This next section of the project will include further pathway linking Albert Street and the Botanical Gardens, park benches and picnic tables, pet friendly bubblers and LED lights in the Dr Geoffrey Hunter Bridge area.
Council again acknowledges the community's strong backing of this project.
"When these works are completed we will have a multi-functional community space we can all be very proud of," Ms Fisher said.
The poll is currently open for voting and will run for two weeks closing at midnight on Sunday, 25 August.
To cast your vote:
- Go to the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XW69VQP
- Visit council's customer service centres in Moree and Mungindi and the Moree Community Library where hard copies of the design options are available for perusal and voting.
- Look out for the voting card in Thursday's edition of the Moree Champion.