Funding For Shared Cycleways On Track

Funding For Shared Cycleways On Track

An ambitious plan to link shared cycleway/pathways in the Camden Haven has taken a step forward with the NSW Coalition today announcing $200,000 will be provided for Stage One of the project with a further $20,000 to be allocated for the development of the next stage.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said, “This is a fantastic outcome for the community and I am looking forward to seeing work commence now that we have some major funding on the table.

“While there are two very similar projects being developed by the Beach to Beach and Schools to Schools committees, this first funding grant will see the Beach to Beach project able to proceed,” Mrs Williams said.

“The $200,000 funding will see the start of the 5.5 kilometres of new pathway/cycleway begin to link 11kms of the Beach to Beach circuit that will connect Dunbogan, Laurieton and North Haven.

“It was just last month that I arranged for the Minister for Roads and Freight, the Hon Duncan Gay to meet with both committees to see first-hand the vision of these hard working groups and he was very impressed with the presentation and the initiative.

“Minister Gay was particularly pleased to see these community groups taking ownership of these ideas and working to see them come to fruition,” Mrs Williams said.

“That meeting has resulted in the funding being announced today.

“I have asked that $20,000 be allocated to further the planning and development of the 13 kilometres Schools to Schools plan.

“Whilst the Schools to Schools committee are working very hard to finalise their plans, there is still a lot of work to be done before any structural work can commence.

“This is just the start of what will be a long term project that is set to vastly improve pedestrian safety and will also allow for school children to walk to and from school on a footpath rather than traversing undulating road verges along Ocean Drive,” Mrs Williams said.

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