The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan’s acting curator manager Peter Cuneo has praised the development of the first completed section of the 14 kilometre Macarthur Regional Recreational Trail.
The 1.5 kilometre has been constructed in the gardens and will act as a shared pathway for both cyclists and pedestrians when it is expected to be open in early November.
When the remaining sections are completed, the regional trail will go from Camden town centre through the gardens to Macarthur railway station.
Mr Cuneo said the project has great potential to form a green corridor.
‘‘It’s really projects like this that help make the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan a green jewel in the crown of the Macarthur area,’’ he said.
‘‘Ultimately you could ride from Camden...through the gardens and then to Campbelltown.
‘‘As the area becomes increasingly urbanised, greenspaces are extremely important.’’
Camden council received a $455,000 grant from the Department of Planning and Infrastructure’s Metropolitan Greenspace program.
The price was matched by UrbanGrowth NSW to build the trail.
State planning minister Rob Stokes praised the path and said he wanted more greenspace projects delivered across Sydney.
‘‘The NSW government is committed to investing in better parks, playground and open spaces,’’ he said.
Camden MP Chris Patterson said the completed trail would provide opportunities to use alternative transport such as bikes to help reduce the amount of cars on the roads.
‘‘The Australian Botanic Garden holds a special place in our community, and this cycleway is a wonderful additional to help locals and visitors enjoy this terrific open space,’’ he said.
Mr Cuneo said the gardens were looking forward to working with UrbanGrowth NSW and Campbelltown City Council to create the next section of the trail.