The extended Georges Bay Foreshore Multi-user track at St Helens has improved accessibility for locals and visitors to enjoy the beauty of the coastal town.

The $2.1 million project was fully funded by the Australian Government through the Community Development Grants Programme.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Claire Chandler today officially opened the new track, which she said enhances the already strong appeal of the coastal town as one of Tasmania’s best holiday destinations.

“The Georges Bay User Track will allow locals and visitors to enjoy a walk or bike ride along the beautiful Georges Bay foreshore and adds to the town’s reputation as a hub for outdoor activities,” Senator Chandler said.

“The $2.1 million project involved the construction of an aluminium footbridge, an elevated steel walkway, and a gravel foreshore track, creating a complete off-road connection between the St Helen’s township and the existing foreshore path opposite Homelea.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $2,100,000 investment in community infrastructure would provide long term benefits to the north-east coast of Tasmania.

“The community has been advocating for this upgrade for many years with the upgrade to the track alleviating the previously missing link,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“It’s pleasing that the Australian Government has been able to deliver this vital piece of infrastructure which provides a safe off-road connection for pedestrians and cyclists travelling around the Georges Bay area.”