Oct 16, 2009

$2.8 million for cycling infrastructure in Western Australia

$2.8 million for cycling infrastructure in Western Australia

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 16 2009

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, and Parliamentary Secretary for Western and Northern Australia, Gary Gray, today announced that the Rudd Labor Government would invest more than $2.8 million in 16 cycling infrastructure projects in Western Australia.

Mr Gray was in South Perth for the announcement with Mayor James Best.

Mr Albanese said that this investment was from our $40 million National Bike Paths Projects fund, part of the Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan.

“The Government’s investment will deliver projects worth $5.7 million – more than double – with the remainder of the funding provided by local councils,” said Mr Albanese.

“Around Australia we are funding 174 projects, supporting more than 1,900 jobs and traineeships. Practical projects like these are exactly what our Economic Stimulus Plan is all about.

“Our investment in cycling infrastructure will also help take cars off local roads and reduce carbon emissions over the longer term.”

Mr Gray said that WA bike path projects would support 167 jobs and traineeships, delivering an economic boost in local communities.

“The Government is supporting local economies and investing in infrastructure that will make a difference over the longer term in communities,” said Mr Gray.

“The projects, located across Perth, Geraldton, the Margaret River, Merredin, Nannup, Northam, Kwinana and Mandurah will encourage healthier lifestyles amongst residents and create more sustainable communities.

“The Rudd Labor Government is delivering funding for cycling infrastructure around the country, providing Australians with a greener, healthier way of getting to and from school and work, as well as recreational facilities,” Mr Gray concluded.