Local pedestrians and cyclists have already hit the pavement following the official opening of the new shared pathway along Bushman Street.

The project, co-funded by Parkes Shire Council and the NSW Government's Stronger Country Community Fund, is part of Stage 2 of the Parkes Active Movement Strategy which aims to encourage residents to make healthy lifestyle choices.

The pathway was officially opened by NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Development, The Hon. John Barilaro MP during his visit to Parkes yesterday.

“Projects like what we see here at Parkes today really do breathe new life into regional parts of the state, and I can definitely see this pathway making a really positive difference to life in the community,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Together we are making sure regional NSW has access to facilities that make a difference in a community, from improved local sporting fields and playgrounds through to funding for art galleries and libraries.”

The 1.3 kilometre stretch forms part of a network of shared pathways that will eventually form a loop around Northparkes, Pioneer and Spicer Ovals and Holy Family School.

Parkes Shire Councillor George Pratt thanked the NSW Government for assisting Council to deliver this project, which will encourage our residents to be healthy and active.

"Council is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the Parkes Shire, and we do this by ensuring we deliver a mix of shared pathways, cycling routes, outdoor fitness equipment and sporting facilitates for our community to utilise and enjoy at no cost."
Parkes Shire Council's Director Works and Services Ben Howard said, "our staff implemented a number of innovations to improve efficiencies, including trailing a new Concrete Canvas product."

"The flexible, concrete impregnated fabric hardens on hydration to form a thin, durable, water proof and fire-resistant concrete layer. By using this particular product, we have reduced costs, construction times, environmental impact, and water usage."

The project was guided by the Parkes Pedestrian and Cycling Strategy 2016 which was developed following public consultation held in 2015, which included public workshops, an online survey, as well as audits.