Money for Swan Valley cycle path
TRANSPORT Minister Rita Saffioti has announced funding for a cycle path that will link Ellenbrook with the Swan Valley.
The $200,000 State Government grant will enable the City of Swan to build a new 2km shared path along Gnangara Road between Henley Brook Avenue and West Swan Road, letting cyclists ride through the Swan Valley to Guildford.
It was one of 34 grants awarded to local governments across WA, totalling $6 million.
Ms Saffioti said the path would help support the growing community.
“This stretch of Gnangara Road has been a missing link for quite some time and will give Ellenbrook and Aveley residents more choice in how they get to school, work or to the iconic Swan Valley,” she said.
“In coming years, the growing community will have many more cycling, public transport and road connections to key employment areas.”
Swan Mayor David Lucas said the grant was timely.
“The City of Swan is currently in the process of developing a cycling network and this $200,000 grant is a timely contribution that will help us expand this network along Gnangara Road,” he said.
“Improving the connectivity and amenity of our communities is a priority for the City and we welcome the generous commitment that has been made by the McGowan government.
Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw said it was great to see the funding delivered.
CITY of Kalamunda chief executive Rhonda Hardy will prepare a detailed report on the merits and risks of launching a judicial review in the Supreme Court to challenge the State Government’s decision to revoke planning changes that would have paved the way for an aged care facility in Wilkins Road.
Planning Minister Rita Saffioti last year revoked planning approval to rezone the 11ha site in Kalamunda, citing numerous problems such as Native Title, bushfire mitigation, commercial viability and sewage.
Nature Reserves Preservation Group president Tony Fowler said any action in the Supreme Court would be a “fruitless waste” of ratepayers’ money.
“The recommendation by the Kalamunda Aged Care Advisory Group is a half-baked recommendation based on nothing more than the urge to be seen to do something to solve the aged care crisis,” he said.
“While commendable, it shows lack of knowledge of Supreme Court.
“A cost estimate of $20,000 to $40,000 to take the matter to the Supreme Court is hopelessly optimistic and is much more likely to be $120,000 should this become a full blown hearing.
“Should the City be unsuccessful, the Minister, having been dragged through the courts by the City, may consider seeking costs from the City and if so the figure would at the very least double.
“Is it really worth setting up the City for a conceivably embarrassing rejection by the Supreme Court and potentially ruinous costs, all to no good effect?”
Gooseberry Hill resident and WA Labor Zig Zag branch vicepresident Nigel Dickinson said any legal action was unlikely to succeed.
“The officer’s report sets out in stark terms that picking the scab on Wilkins Road isn’t a very good idea,” he said.
Aged care advocate Neil Pember said the City should continue to fight the decision.
“For seven years we have been pushing for an integrated aged care facility to be built there,” he said.
“The City has already spent more than $200,000 on Wilkins Road and this will be wasted if we don’t continue on.
City of Swan Mayor David Lucas and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti .