The next stage of the pathway connecting Bawley Point and Kioloa townships can continue as Shoalhaven City Council and Australian National University (ANU) have made a 20-year licence agreement.
At council's ordinary meeting on Tuesday, July 30, councillors approved an agreement which council will pay $1 per annum to enable the next stage of the footpath to be constructed on ANU's Kioloa Campus.
Mayor Amanda Findley said the decision will enable to the pathway to continue south of the "Mud Holes/Shelley Beach" car park on Murramarang Road. Cr Findley said the agreement will remove the need to build on the road verge, which is a "big cost saving" to the project.
In March, Community Connect held an official opening of the footpath which has been laid from Voyager Crescent to 'Sandmines'.
"The community has been working in partnership with council for more than 11 years now and with the tremendous effort of volunteers have laid more than 2.5 kilometres of the pathway, making this pathway the longest distance path built by a community volunteer group," Cr Findley said in a statement.
"The concrete shared pathway means so much more than a place to safely walk for this community, it is a way for the two villages to bridge their communities together and stay active.
"This community pathway is a wonderful project that has seen the community come together and work in partnership with Council to improve facilities in their local area. A special mention should be made to the Kioloa RFS Brigade, Bawley Point RFS Brigade, Women's group, Teenager's group and the Men's Shed."
Timing of the construction on the pathway on ANU land was yet to be finalised.