Silverton cycleway plan
Thursday, 18th August, 2011
By Emily Roberts
Using the old Broken Hill to Silverton train track as a cycleway would provide an added attraction, according to a Silverton businessman.
Jim Neilson, co-owner of “Beyond 39 Dips” and treasurer of the Silverton Village Committee, said the cycle path could attract cyclist to Silverton on the weekends.
“We get a lot of riders on weekends - cycle clubs and the mountain bike clubs,” Mr Neilson said.
“A lot of visitors carry bikes and you can see more on a bike than in a car,” he said.
“It is another attraction. Lots of people do ride cycleways.”
The 22 kilometre cycleway will stop short of Silverton because two creeks on the old railway line no longer have bridges.
Mr Neilson said there won’t be a lot of work to do to get it up and running although it would have to be graded in some parts.
He said TAFE will be helping to construct bridges.
The cycleway was an initiative of the Lands and Property Management Authority. Funding was provided by Communities NSW, City Council and the Silverton Village Committee.
“The bridges start being installed by the end of the year and the cycleway will be open mid 2012,” Mr Neilson said.
“This is an exciting project which will hopefully be an attraction for the Far West, Broken Hill and Silverton.”