A proposal for a new shared path between Walka Water Works and the Maitland CBD has moved another step closer to fruition.
Earlier this month, Maitland councillors unanimously supported a motion to engage Hunter Water to seek to utilise their land around the area of the proposed pathway.
The proposed path would run between Walka Water Works and the Belmore Bridge, and will allow people a designated path to access the two sites via walking or bicycle.
The successful motion was put forward by Independent councillor Philip Penfold.
"We have a fantastic facility at Walka Water Works ... This is heavily used. It was a great opportunity for a space to be utilised during the lockdown period," Cr Penfold said.
"Our officers have done great work in improving shared paths around our city. If we can connect the great paths we have on the riverbanks to Walka Water Works, that will be a fantastic outcome."
Cr Penfold has been an longtime advocate for the former industrial site including pushing for the reopening of its cafe and museum.
In November 2019, councillors received a briefing on the investigation into the proppsed shared path.
The presentation included several options for consideration including routes along the river and routes utilising the existing Hunter Water corridor for the cycleway between Maitland and Walka Water Works.
Labor councillor Ben Whiting, who seconded the motion, said he was looking forward to seeing the project proceed.
"It's certainly true that cycle ways have become an increasing priority for the community. There's no doubt that path is well trodden by runners and cyclists," Cr Whiting added.
"It would be very well used without any doubt."
Council's Delivery Program 2018-2022 identifies an action to investigate options for a shared pathway from Belmore Bridge to Walka Water Works.
The report is anticipated be completed by December 2020.