NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead has announced submissions for new walking and cycling proposals are now being accepted by Roads and Maritime Services until December 14, 2018.

The submissions will help determine the 2019/20 Active Transport Program.

“I will be speaking with MidCoast Council to let it know about the opportunity and how we can improve the local amenity, but I want to hear firsthand the community’s suggestions,” Mr Bromhead said. “The shared pathways will encourage a healthy and active lifestyle, which is important for everyone, especially as we get older. Regular physical activity has shown to help stay fit and independent as long as possible; it reduces risk of a fall and can help to prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.”

Over the past two years the Myall Lakes electorate has benefitted with:

  • • $500,000 for a new bi-directional cycleway from the Pacific Highway to Old Bar and onto Wallabi Point
  • • $125,000 for a shared pathway connecting Blackhead residential areas along Blackhead Road

Applications to the program will be assessed against a set of guidelines and will support Future Transport 2056, which promotes active transport as an important transport option especially for connectivity with and between centres and also ‘first and last mile’ journeys.

Nominations to improve walking and cycling connections can be made by councils, local members and State Government Agencies via the application form located on the Roads and Maritime Services Active Transport online portal.