Potential bike trail at Hinds Reserve in Bayswater
BAYSWATER Council will consider the feasibility of building a bike trail at Hinds Reserve in Bayswater in a bid to provide more diverse facilities.
The proposed location is north of the carpark area owned and managed by the WA Planning Commission and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.
It is the start point for the Baigup Wetland Cycle Trail connection into the Perth cycleway and runs alongside the Swan River.
Councillors voted 5-4 on October 16 to consider allocating $9000 in the 2018-19 mid-year budget review for a feasibility study with a consultant and consultation with the public.
The council will review the findings by May 2019, subject to fund approvals.
Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish, councillors Elli Petersen-Pik, Filomena Piffaretti and Michelle Sutherland voted against it.
According to an officer’s report, the estimated project cost was $319,000, which included the feasibility study ($9000), a trail using slopes and current landscaping ($230,000), a pump and challenge track ($60,000) and a bike education course ($20,000).
If the City was given the management of the site, it would be responsible for contaminants, restoration works and a future management plan, which could increase costs from $50,000 to $500,000.
Cr Catherine Ehrhardt, who called for the feasibility report in June, said the project could be funded by the private sector.
Councillor Catherine Ehrhardt near the proposed bike trail.