Using the Wollondilly River Walkway in the early hours of morning or at night will soon be much safer and easier, thanks to solar lighting that has been installed.
The lighting comes courtesy of a Community Sport Infrastructure grant from Sport Australia and it will suit groups like the Man Walk, who start walking along the track at 6am every Tuesday morning.
Poles for the lighting have now been installed along the entire length of the walkway, and the project is expected to be completed by the start of October.
Stage Two of the walkway is also drawing closer to completion, after delays to the bridge structure due to redesign and steel supply issues have slowed progress. The structure and contractors are expected to be onsite in October to complete the work. Stage two was funded through the Federal Government Building Better Regions Fund ($937,147) and the NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund ($363,417).
"These projects will add to the river walkway, which is one of the most used community spaces in the region," Mayor Bob Kirk said.
"Gaining this grant funding is excellent for Goulburn, and on behalf of the community I'd like to thank Sport Australia, the Federal Government and the NSW Government."
Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said it was a great addition to the walkway.
"I'm keen to see the completion of stage two in the coming months and for the community to have use of the entire walkway from Marsden Weir to Kenmore Bridge," Mr Taylor said.
Mrs Tuckerman said the NSW Government's significant investment in projects like the Wollondilly River Walkway, part of the once-in-a-generation Stronger Country Communities Fund, is already providing benefits for Goulburn's residents and visitors alike.
Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said she was also pleased with progress of work on the walkway.
"I'm delighted to see the second stage of the project coming to fruition," Mrs Tuckerman said.
"With so much development happening in the area and with the warmer weather on the way, sure I will be seeing even more locals using this wonderful community."
Additional handrails are also being added to the walkway at steeper sections of the path in close proximity to the new bridge to be installed.