Walking and Cycling Paths Funding
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced construction and planning will begin on new bike and walking paths across the region thanks to a $39 million state-wide investment by the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government.
The Baird Government will fund more than 350 walking and cycling projects across the state to better connect communities, improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and encourage more people to get active.
“I am pleased the Hastings will benefit from this massive funding injection with 10 projects in the Port Macquarie electorate to be delivered in partnership with the local council from July,” Mrs Williams said.
Projects totalling $577,500 in the Hastings include:
- $18,750 for design works on the shared pathway on Ocean Drive between the Pacific Highway and Glen Haven Drive.
- $157,500 to finish construction of a shared pathway on Ocean Drive between Mountain View Road and Brotherglen Drive and between Brotherglen Drive and Sirius Drive.
- $75,000 to construct 370 metres of shared pathway on Ocean Dive between Miala Street and the Medical centre on Ocean Drive at Lake Cathie.
- $15,000 to design a pedestrian refuge on Bold Street between Tunis and Seymour Streets at Laurieton
- $147,500 will also be spent constructing a pedestrian refuge on Boronia Street between Hindman and Heather Streets in Port Macquarie
- $45,000 to design a mid-block signalised crossing on Gordon Street, Port Macquarie.
- $33,750 has been allocated to design a pedestrian refuge on Ocean Drive
- $15,000 is being spent to develop a Pedestrian Access & Mobility Plan for Port Macquarie.
- $40,000 has been granted for the construction of kerb ramps and pedestrian refuges within the Port Macquarie area.
“Last year the NSW Government provided Port Macquarie-Hastings Council with $425,000 for similar upgrades and pedestrian safety improvements across the electorate so we can all look forward to seeing these projects completed,” Mrs Williams said.
“With cycling more popular than ever before and walking trips on the rise, the NSW Government was providing the infrastructure needed to support local communities,” Mrs Williams said.
“These projects will provide a huge boost for residents and businesses – completing crucial missing links in the walking and cycling network and providing better connections between local suburbs and to public transport hubs.
“If we want to encourage more people to leave the car at home and get active, we need to provide access to safe, convenient and connected waking and cycling networks.
“This investment is about connecting people and places and making a difference to the way residents move around their communities,” Mrs Williams said.