Po­ten­tial bike trail at Hinds Re­serve in Bayswa­ter

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

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.

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Coun­cil­lor Cather­ine Ehrhardt near the pro­posed bike trail.

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