Pedestrian access to public spaces in Warialda and Bingara will be improved, while Bingara's Cunningham Park will be enhanced thanks to a $280,000 state government grant.
The funding from the state government's Drought Recovery fund will help beautify both towns, according to Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.
"The Gwydir Shire is currently going through a period of renewal, with positive seasonal conditions seeing crops return to the paddocks and a number of considerable infrastructure projects making the area a more attractive place to live and visit," he said.
"To ensure as many people as possible are able to get out and enjoy what's going on in their communities council will install two new footpaths."
In Warialda, a new footpath will be laid from Richard Bligh Bridge on Stephen Street to the recently-completed All Abilities Park on Long Street.
In Bingara, an additional footpath will be put in between Campbell Bridge and the Bingara Multi-Purpose Service, connecting pedestrians to the riverfront and making for a smooth walk to the town's CBD.
Gwydir Shire mayor John Coulton said Bingara's Cunningham Park would also receive some new additions.
"With a new pontoon floating nearby on the Gwydir River and state-of-the-art public swimming pool going in next door, we could hardly let Cunningham Park go without a few improvements," he said.
"Using this grant council will build a new amenities block with disabled toilets and install an undercover barbecue area.
"These improvements will really enhance Cunningham Park, which is an important link in the Big River Dreaming tourism project, allowing families to fire up the BBQ and have lunch when they are finished taking a dip or going for a fish.
"Council is very grateful for this drought support funding from the state government, which will allow us to undertake projects that will create work for locals and benefit the long term health and wellbeing of our residents."