The Calala to CBD Recreational path project consists of the design and construction of a 3.7km long and 3.5m wide path that connects Calala to the Tamworth CBD via Campbell Road and King George V Avenue.
The purpose of the path is to provide an alternative route for residents of Calala to access the Tamworth CBD. The proposed route will provide a family friendly pathway for beginner, recreational and commuter users, allowing them to enjoy the scenery through the Peel River flood plain and the heritage listed King George V Avenue of Memorial English Oaks.
part of the feasibility study, Council has undertaken initial reports from both
heritage and arborist consultants to ensure minimal impact on the Memorial English Oaks in King George V Avenue. Council recognises the
importance of protecting the trees and the avenue’s historical streetscape and
will be taking all available steps to do so.
A vision of Tamworth Regional Blueprint 100 is to connect our region and citizens by creating and maintaining an "extensive cycle/walkway network that connects our major housing areas with high amenity centres".
The goals of the project are:
- To provide the infrastructure to encourage recreational opportunities for the community to exercise in a safe and enjoyable environment;
- To provide an alternate route for safe commuting (either walking, jogging or cycling) between Calala and the CBD; and
- To reactivate the King George V Avenue precinct without causing long term damage to the established English Oak trees that are listed on the State Heritage Register.
Frequently Asked Questions
Path alignment options within King George V Avenue
The southern side of the King George V Avenue is considered the most appropriate side of the road corridor for the path as this side is safer due to eliminating the need for at least two road crossings and due to the presence of 66kV power lines on the northern side of the road.
Design Option 1
There is insufficient space to fit the path between the fence and the power poles, for this option up to 17 power poles would be relocated to underground at an offset of up to 1m from the fence line. The edge of the path would be located approximately 0.5m from the fence line to maximise the space between the edge of path and the tree line, with 5m to 6m separation achieved between the path and the centre of the trees.
The relocated power lines would be underbored to minimise the risk of damage to the tree roots.
Design Option 2
There is insufficient space to fit the path between the fence and the power poles, for this option the centre of the path would be located approximately 3m offset from the fence line. This would result in the power poles being located in the middle of the path. At the power pole locations, the path would diverge and split into two 1.8m wide paths, allowing one way travel each side of the pole.
The diverge taper would be gentle to minimise the risk of the poles being a hazard to commuting cyclists. It is also expected small height grasses may be planted adjacent to the power pole if allowed by essential energy to soften the appearance of the diverge.