Economic Stimulus: $2.2 million for new cycling infrastructure in Tasmania
The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,
Regional Development and Local Government
Leader of the House
Member for Grayndler
October 14 2009
The Rudd Labor Government is investing more than $2.2 million in six cycling infrastructure projects in Tasmania from our $40 million National Bike Paths Projects fund.
This key element of our Economic Stimulus Plan was announced on National Ride to Work Day in Claremont today with Australian Greens Senator, Bob Brown, Member for Denison, Duncan Kerr, and Mayor of Glenorchy City Council, Adriana Taylor.
The Government’s investment will deliver projects worth $4.3 million, with the remainder of the funding provided by local councils.
These infrastructure projects will support 74 jobs and traineeships across Tasmania, delivering an economic boost in local communities.
All up, the Rudd Government is funding 170 projects across Australia, supporting more than 1,900 jobs and traineeships.
This is exactly what our Economic Stimulus Plan is about – supporting practical infrastructure projects that make a difference over the longer term in local communities.
The projects, located in Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, St Helens, Prospect Vale, Strahan and Tullah, will encourage healthier lifestyles amongst residents and create more sustainable communities.
By building better cycling infrastructure, we are also helping take cars off Tasmanian roads and reducing carbon emissions over the longer term.
The Rudd 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.
|Break O’Day Council||Binalong Bay Road Causeway – Cycleway Construction||$100,000||This project, located in St. Helens, will involve construction of a cycleway/footpath from Colchis Creek at the town boundary, to the Georges River Bridge. It will provide safe access for cyclists, pedestrians and wheelchairs to the Binalong Bay area.|
|Burnie City Council||Burnie Coastal Pathway (Cooee to Emu River)||$969,400||This project will construct a shared cycling and walking pathway along the coastal strip from the Emu River at Wivenhoe through to Cooee, and form part of the greater coastal pathway across the north-west coast of Tasmania.|
|Glenorchy City Council||Claremont and Cadbury Shared Pathways||$206,031||This project will construct three shared pathways to extend the Intercity Cycleway from Hobart past its current end point at Claremont.|
|Launceston City Council||Launceston Arterial Bike Path Route Network and Northern Suburbs Commuter Cycling Trail||$576,650||
There are two components to this project.
The Launceston Arterial Bike Route Network will create on-road bike routes throughout the Launceston City urban area, and form part of a 50-kilometre network.
The Northern Suburbs Commuter Cycling Trail will construct 950 metres of bike path to connect commuters from Rockerlea, Mayfield, Mowbray and Newnham to the City. It will form part of a 7.5-kilometre commuter trail from the northern suburbs to central Launceston.
|Meander Valley Council||Prospect Vale Fitness Trail||$75,000||To construct an 800-metre by 2.5-metre shared path, which will upgrade and extend the Prospect Vale Fitness Path.|
|West Coast Council||West Coast Cycleways – Strahan & Tullah||$299,091||The Strahan component will provide a safe cycleway between the town’s recreational and tourist activities. The Tullah component will provide a cycleway between the two parts of the township currently split by the state highway.|