Mayor Margaret O’Rourke, Denise Johns, Glenn Pomeroy, Mark McKimmie and Catherine Wilby. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

A new $320,000 shared pathway has been completed through the Greater Bendigo National Park in Strathfieldsaye and Junortoun.

City of Greater Bendigo council’s Brett Martini said residents now have access to the new 2.3-kilometre-long and 2.5-metre-wide path from Sullivans Road, Watson Drive, Turners Road and McIvor Forest Drive.

“It’s not only a great asset for people to move around off road throughout the area but it also builds on the council’s extensive path network,” Mr Martini said.

“The new path links new residential growth in Junortoun with Strathfieldsaye primary schools and the Strathfieldsaye community with the Catherine McAuley College.”

It also enables the Junortoun community to safely access Strathfieldsaye sporting facilities by bike or on foot.

“The path also links with existing off road shared paths in Strathfieldsaye and the existing shared path that links Catherine McAuley College with Cousins Street in Strathdale,” Mr Martini said.

The construction of the new path was supported by Strathfieldsaye and Districts Community Enterprise which contributed $50,000 towards the project.

It was also supported by Parks Victoria and Dja Dja Wurrung Clans.

Strathfieldsaye and Districts Community Enterprise treasurer Dennis Johanson said after many years in the making, he is very happy to see the path completed and already getting lots of use by local residents for both recreation and active travel to school.

“We are proud to advocate for and support projects that promote stronger, healthier and more vibrant communities,” Mr Johanson said.

“This path provides a key link for the communities in Junortoun and Strathfieldsaye that encourages physical activity, opportunities for connection with other local residents and time outdoors.”