A popular walking track in Gunnedah will be beautified with native vegetation with the help of the shire council's Farmer Army.
The council is focusing on improving open spaces in the town and locals who are part of a successful employment program will start on the project in Stock Road shortly.
Garden beds will be established along the footpaths between Links and Apex roads and trees will be planted to create a succession for the existing ageing trees.
Native vegetation and drought tolerant species that will be used to develop biodiversity and brighten the streetscape include variations of grevillea, westringia, callistemon, scaevola, liriope muscari, and polygala. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
"The Stock Road islands are a popular walking track and this particular project will result in a better experience for those using the area and will develop a sustainable, attractive, low-maintenance landscape for the long term," council's public facilities manager Ashley Gardner said.
Mrs Gardner said improving the shire's open space was a priority and through the Farmer Army program "a number of exciting projects that are in the pipeline come to life".
The program was originally established to offer paid, temporary work to primary producers during the drought but has recently been expanded to include locals struggling to find paid employment because of COVID-19.