PORT Macquarie's Coastal Walk is set to become one of the region's showcase features after a $1.7 million investment by council and the NSW government.
The nine kilometre scenic stretch linking all of Port Macquarie's beaches will be a key drawcard as the region attempts to lure the tourism dollar.
The completion of the project was celebrated by mayor Peta Pinson and Port Macquarie MP Leslie williams along with council staff who have worked tirelessly on the project.
The upgrade features wider paths, disability compliant grades, upgraded stairs and handrails and new furnishings are improvements to a number of the upgraded sections, with the Charlie Uptin to Flagstaff Hill section, Doctor's Walk and Kenny Walk all receiving significant attention.
This follows upgrades to the Westport Park segment of the Coastal Walk, completed in late 2018.
Retaining walls have been upgraded to manage erosion and measures have been put in place to protect and regenerate natural vegetation.
There is also improved signage, drinking fountains and new viewing platforms at key points enabling walkers to take in the spectacular coastline.
The upgrades were undertaken as part of the Coastal Walk Master Plan, which has been developed with the community, aimed at improving the overall experience and to improve accessibility and safety along the popular walk.
The Coastal Walk is enjoyed by more than 500,000 locals and visitors each year.
Mayor Peta Pinson said the upgrades add to the breathtaking beauty of one of the region's most precious local environments.
"It's been so pleasing to see the project progress over the past few years, and despite the challenges we've been experiencing as a community, this is a wonderful achievement and one definitely worth celebrating," Cr Pinson said.
The NSW government contributed $765,000 to the project under its Restart NSW fund, specifically its Regional Environment and Tourism program.
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the Coastal Walk upgrade is an outstanding example of two levels of government working closely together to deliver an important infrastructure project for our community.
"I will continue to be one of the thousands of people who enjoy walking along our beautiful coastline and I will certainly be putting my joggers on again soon now that work has been completed," Mrs Williams said.