Falls access delayed until 2016

ACCESS bridges to Meander Falls will not be returned until 2016.


The state government this week revealed a $500,000 allocation to replace the bridges over Mother Cummings Rivulet and Meander River in the 2015-16 financial year.

Bridges to the popular Meander Valley tourist destination were washed away by floods early 2011.

Meander Valley Mayor Craig Perkins said it was reassuring to see the government fulfil its February funding promise.

``In terms of process, it's up to the state government,'' Cr Perkins said.

``We're happy as a council to work with them to try and find out what the best solution might be, or if there's any help that can get the access renewed as soon as possible.

``I think there's a bigger picture there, one is renewing access, but also about how we can work more closely with (Parks and Wildlife) and how Parks works with us to ensure we get better leverage form their assets.''

He said the region's business centre could assist with achieving good community and economic outcomes.

The council will also receive $300,000 for new pedestrian walkways at Blackstone Heights, $50,000 for a Westbury Road transport package and $100,000 for a new walkway at Hadspen's Meander River Road Bridge as part of the state budget.

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