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Historic track in the running for funding

By Southern Riverina News

The Tocumwal Rotary Club is hoping to a boost of funding can speed up plans to upgrade the Women’s Australian Air Force Auxiliary Force (WAAAF) Creek Walk.

Tocumwal Rotary Creek Walk Project chair Kerry Davies said the walk is in desperate need of rejuvenation.

She said the overall concept plan connects Tocumwal via a continuous shared path to the town walk, bird walk, riverside walk and a proposed levee walk.

It is expected to link the town centre, foreshore, splash park, Town Beach, Tocumwal Golf Course, Tocumwal Primary School, Sacred Heart School, Preschool, Kelly St Reserve and five hotels/motels.

Mrs Davies said the WAAAF Walk also honours the memory of the 4,581 Royal Australian Air Force servicemen and 422 WAAAF service-women stationed in Tocumwal during the 1940s.

‘‘The walk offers re-vegetation, upgrading of the whole area and is a major linkage to the hospital, schools, retirement village and the surrounding areas,’’ she said.

‘‘The walking track needs a redevelopment in memory of the WAAAF service-women who used the track every day during the second World War.

‘‘This is a general project that will help the whole community — to be used by older people, children and everyone else.

‘‘It is one that can attract and encourage tourism in the area, bringing greater business to those that are linked to the pathway.’’

Finding for the project is being sought through the My Community Project program. Grant recipients are determined by a public vote, being held online at https://mycommunityproject.service.nsw.gov.au/projects.