Oct 14, 2009

Economic Stimulus: $2.2 million for new cycling infrastructure in Tasmania

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.


 Recipient  Project  Amount  Project description
 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.
 TOTAL    $2,226,172