The people have spoken.

More than 500 people attended an event in Milton on Saturday to have their say on plans for a shared pathway linking Milton with the coastal towns of Narrawallee and Mollymook.

One of the organisers, Matt Potter, told the Times this week that he was overwhelmed by the response.

He said those people attending Saturday’s consultation session had represented a diverse range of community groups and other organisations, indicating broad support for the project.

The Times understands that the matter was being raised as a matter of urgency at last night’s meeting of Shoalhaven City Council with a number of councillors keen to see money provided for the planning of a pathway along Matron Porter Drive.

“It’s time,” Cr Andrew Guile said at Saturday’s event.

“We are being pushed in a good way. This is a project whose time has come. It’s time for money to be spent.”

Other speakers included Member for Gilmore Joanna Gash and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock.

Mrs Gash – who will be running for mayor in the local government elections in September – said she had heard the community “loud and clear”.

Others supporters included ‘Nanna’ Pat Kitchener who said she was unable to lay concrete but would come down and support the workers.

Mr Potter said the vast majority of people who had responded to a Shared Pathway Working Group survey rated the project as a top priority for council and wanted to see work commence within the next year.

They believe funding should be sourced from a mixture of council rates and government grants.

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