IT has to be one of the more scenic building sites in Bathurst.
Webber Concrete Construction employees have the city and rural surrounds spread out below them as they work on a new pedestrian boardwalk that will improve the exercise experience at Mount Panorama.
They hosted the mayor and state member on Friday morning as the two of them had a look at the progress being made on the $2 million boardwalk, which was announced in April last year.
The boardwalk, which is being funded with $1 million from the NSW Government and $1 million from Bathurst Regional Council, will stretch from Griffins Bend to Forrest Elbow near the Bathurst Light Car Club as an alternative pedestrian route on the most narrow sections of the track.
Mayor Graeme Hanger said the project should be "very close to fruition" by the end of the year.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said about 300,000 vehicles travel around Mount Panorama each year, but it is also used by a "significant" number of walkers and runners.
"We need it to be safe," he said.
He said the boardwalk would also incorporate interpretive signage - which, council has previously said, will feature both the motor racing history of Mount Panorama and the story of Wahluu.
"It will explain the significance of some of the stops," Mr Toole said.
Mr Toole said he was also pleased to see that Webber Concrete Construction, a local employer, was "responsible for the major part of the project".
Both Mr Toole and Cr Hanger say the boardwalk will be a boost for tourism in Bathurst because it will provide another visitor experience.
The appeal of the Mount as a place for exercise has been shown in recent years by the popularity of the Mount Panorama Punish (which is run when the track is closed to cars), which drew more than 550 runners in 2017 and increased that number to 900 participants in 2018.