"IT WAS what Mum and Dad and I had talked about before he died and to see it come to fruition with Mum here to witness it is amazing."
Those were the words of Ian Hogbin, son of well-known local philanthropists Barbara and the late Allen, at the Coffs Creek Cycleway opening on Sunday.
The Hogbin family donated $1 million towards the cost of enhancing the existing cycleway, with the Federal Government providing more than $900,000.
Ian and Barbara Hogbin, along with Federal Senator Matt Thistlethwaite and Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades, conducted the official opening yesterday before the half marathon presentation.
Surrounded by bushland and set against the Coffs Creek, the 7.8km track is a shared path that allows you to admire Coffs Harbour's natural beauty.
Senator Thistlethwaite said the cycleway was an investment in healthy lifestyles.
"I hope that people in the community will get out of their cars and onto their bikes and enjoy this first-class facility."
He said the cycleway provided "a healthy, safe and enjoyable way of moving between the CBD and the Jetty area".