YOU can sit around and whinge or get your hands dirty and make a difference, is this town’s battlecry.
It might look like just a footpath, but for the people of Nundle it’s a monument to a community’s volunteers banding together to improve the town.
The Nundle committee officially opened its access walkway and ramp which connects Jenkins Street to the town’s oval and riverside trail, earlier this month.
The walkway was made possible, almost entirely, from community fundraising.
It was no mean feat, according to Joy Carr.
“It took five years to raise the money,” she said.
“It’s pretty impressive, I thought, it cost $40,000.”
It was some of the small town’s most senior citizens who rolled their sleeves up and got the job done.
Three residents undertook the landscaping for the project.
Those workers, Ms Carr, Shirley Ryan and Don Davis, had an average age of 82.
“You could always sit around and whinge and get nothing done,” Ms Carr said.
“Or you could do it yourself.
“Most of the volunteers are the older ones in the town, which is fair enough, the younger ones have a life of their own and there are some very good younger people doing great things in the town.”
Ms Ryan with her background in geology raised $5000 by selling rock sample and information cards for a gold coin donation.
She has continued to raise money with the cards with the funds now flowing towards a new playground for Woolomin.
While the community raised most of the funding for the walkway, Ms Carr said the community handed the infrastructure over to council.
She said the walkway would benefit a range of people in Nundle.
“It will be great for people with wheelchairs, prams, walkers or wobbly knees,” Ms Carr said.
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