Camden Haven Committees Praised In Parliament

Camden Haven Committees Praised In Parliament

State Parliament has heard about the push by two local committees to improve pedestrian safety in the Camden Haven.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has praised the work of the Beach to Beach and Schools to Schools committees during a speech in Parliament.

Mrs Williams told the House, “An ambitious plan to link shared cycleway/pathways in the Camden Haven has been developed by two local committees whose members share both a vision for the future and a determination to achieve a positive outcome.

“The Schools to Schools and Beach to Beach projects have seen an idea to improve the safety of residents germinate and mature into two ventures that have captured the interest of hundreds of locals at several community meetings.

“I attended one of the meetings, held at the Kendall Services Club, where the audience saw first hand the details of the planned link between local schools in the Camden Haven. One of my staff members attended a similar meeting focusing on the Beach to Beach project, which was held at the Laurieton United Services Club and which was overwhelmingly supported by some 300 local residents,” Mrs Williams said.

“Not surprisingly, the ideas and presentations put forward by both organising committees inspired others, and through those meetings many volunteers have come forward with a range of skills and interests to help design the pathways and to start working collaboratively with the local council towards implementation.

“As a result both projects have progressed significantly, with impressive concept plans professionally presented and detailing the preferred routes for the cycleways and pathways.

In June this year I arranged for the Minister for Roads and Freight, the Hon. Duncan Gay, to meet with both committees so that he could see first-hand the vision of these hardworking groups and the very reason I was so supportive of these initiatives.

“Minister Gay was particularly pleased that the individual members, on behalf of the community, were prepared to take ownership of their ideas and to work in partnership to see them come to fruition,” Mrs Williams said.

“Their diligence and thorough preparation of their ideas certainly paid off, and I was pleased to join the community and the local committees in welcoming funding allocations of $220,000 for the Beach to Beach project and $200,000, courtesy of the State Government's cycleway program, for the Schools to Schools project.

“I acknowledge that there are many people working behind the scenes on both projects and I would like to make mention of several individuals who have been instrumental in the attainment of milestones to date.

“In the case of the Schools to Schools initiative, I recognise John Cooke, Jason Koenig, Steve Martin, Peter Alley, Warwick Ayling, Thomas Fajks and Peter Nash. Andrew McCoubrie has played a lead role in the Beach to Beach initiative and has been supported enthusiastically by Scott Martin, Phil Higgins, Mary Laing, Jillian Wells, Lucilla Marshall and Penny Small.

“This is just the start of two sensible and significant projects that will vastly improve pedestrian safety in the Camden Haven and provide long-term benefits to the broader community,” Mrs Williams said.

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