Up­grades to paths a win for cy­clists

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Michael Philipps

TWO cy­cling up­grades in the Shire of Har­vey are among 39 projects across 34 lo­cal gov­ern­ments to re­ceive fund­ing from the State Gov­ern­ment.

The projects in­clude a 1.9km shared path link­ing the Har­vey town cen­tre to recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties at Har­vey Dam and a 550m up­grade to the Es­tu­ary Drive shared path be­tween Bun­bury and Aus­tralind.

The fund­ing is pro­vided through the Perth Bi­cy­cle Net­work and Re­gional Bi­cy­cle Net­work grants pro­grams, which help lo­cal gov­ern­ments plan, de­sign and build cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties for the com­mu­nity.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the pro­grams helped en­sure in­fra­struc­ture was con­tin­u­ous across lo­cal gov­ern­ment bound­aries and in­te­grated with the Western Aus­tralian Bi­cy­cle Net­work Plan.

“This cash in­jec­tion into WA’s bike net­work will help en­sure in­fra­struc­ture is con­tin­u­ous across lo­cal gov­ern­ment bound­aries and pro­vide en­hanced recre­ational, com­muter and tourism cy­cling ex­pe­ri­ences for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to WA,” Ms Saf­fi­oti said.

“As part of a to­tal in­vest­ment of $129 mil­lion into cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture, lo­cal gov­ern­ments will be pro­vided with $29 mil­lion in fund­ing over the next four years - the most sig­nif­i­cant cy­cling in­vest­ment in WA his­tory.”

Mur­ray-Welling­ton MLA Robyn Clarke said the projects pro­moted healthy liv­ing.

“It gives peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to sight­see or bring some tourism but it’s also great for a healthy life­style,” Mrs Clarke said.

“It’s get­ting peo­ple out of the house, onto bikes and into a safe place to go for a bike ride as a fam­ily.”

Bun­bury MLA Don Punch said the up­grades would go a long way to im­prov­ing safety for cy­clists.

“The Es­tu­ary Drive Shared Path is the only safe off-road fa­cil­ity link­ing Bun­bury and Ea­ton so I am re­ally pleased the McGowan Gov­ern­ment has recog­nised its im­por­tance by pro­vid­ing $85,000 to help lift its stan­dard,” Mr Punch said.

“The path is part of the Greater Bun­bury Cy­cle Path Net­work and records some of the high­est use of any long dis­tance path in the Greater Bun­bury area but is cur­rently in poor con­di­tion.

“This fund­ing re­ally is re­spond­ing to a pri­or­ity project for cy­clists in the Bun­bury Geographe area.”

It’s get­ting peo­ple out of the house, onto bikes and into a safe place to go for a bike ride as a fam­ily. -Mur­ray-Welling­ton MLA Robyn Clarke

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