A Tamar River foreshore walkway is one step closer after a grant was given to the Legana Community Group.
A design and feasibility study will be undertaken after the state government gave an $11,800 Community Infrastructure Grant to the group.
The study will consider the general layout of the walkway, lookouts, elevated sections, the number of stairs and a possible nine-metre-long bridge design.
Group member Jim Collier said plans were still in their infancy.
“It will eventually be part of the overall Legana structure plan which shows a shared pathway virtually circum-navigating the whole of new Legana,” Mr Collier said.
“It’s a path along the river foreshore of Legana between Tanner Drive and Jetty Road. It would have a resting place and a picnic spot about halfway along so that people can sit and have a break.”
Mr Collier said the two-kilometre return walk would suit everyone in the community.
“We anticipate having to do a field survey and report for the flora and fauna, a possible marine and ecology report as well as an Aboriginal heritage assessment. There may well be other reports defined by [Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment],” he said.
The project is expected to cost about $1 million, with the feasibility study expected to be complete by September.
Mr Collier said the group hadn’t received any negative feedback about the project, despite the idea being circulated to about 1500 houses in the area with the original Legana Structure Plans about three years ago.
In a letter to Mr Collier in 2016, West Tamar Council community service manager Michele Gibbins said the council supported the project.
“Your proposal to design a rivertrail for shared pedestrian and cyclist use will provide the community with a safe place to be active within the Legana area,” she said.
“Council is very supportive of your objective to encourage pedestrian and cycle participation, this objective aligns with council’s Legana Structure Plan to develop an extensive shared pathway system to link the major open space areas to the residential precinct and village centre.”