A NEW Wimmera River pedestrian bridge in Horsham will stretch from Apex Island to Major Mitchell Drive.
Horsham Rural City Council’s decision eliminated the option of having the bridge span the river from the end of Firebrace Street.
Wimmera River Improvement Committee has lobbied for the new footbridge since 2007.
Chairman Gary Aitken said the committee preferred the Apex Island alignment.
“I just can’t put into words how delighted we are,” he said.
“This is going to be the greatest thing to round off the Wimmera River precinct.
“It is a great opportunity to develop Apex Island into a great restful picnic area.
“This bridge will allow us to connect our walking and cycling tracks around the Wimmera.”
Horsham’s Apex Club 15 raises money for play equipment and picnic areas on Apex Island.
Club member Shannon Morrow said a pedestrian bridge would attract more people.
“The play equipment is great for children and with the barbecues it is a good spot for families,” he said.
“We want to spend a lot more money there and improve the island.”
Horsham councillor Tony Phelan said community opinions on the bridge’s alignment were split.
Cr Phelan supported the Apex Island alignment.
“I went to some of the community consultations where this was discussed and it was pretty much six of one, half a dozen of the other,” he said.
“I think we have to think 20 or 30 years ahead and place this bridge where it is going to best serve the community then.”
Council plans to start building the bridge during the 2014-15 financial year.