Nov 10, 2009

Economic stimulus: $291,000 for NSW Central West cycleways

Economic stimulus: $291,000 for NSW Central West cycleways

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 10 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, today announced the Rudd Labor Government would provide more than $291,000 for three bike path projects in the central west region of New South Wales.

Mr Albanese said the projects were part of the Rudd Government’s $40 million National Bike Paths Projects fund and a key element of our Economic Stimulus Plan.

“We are investing in three bike path projects in Bathurst, Blayney and Molong to support local jobs while delivering community infrastructure for the longer term.

“Together, these projects will support 17 jobs and six traineeships during construction and into the longer term.

“All up, they are worth more than $587,000, with local councils providing the remaining funding,” Mr Albanese said.

The projects are as follows:

  • $175,000 towards the Vale Road Cycleway in Bathurst. This will help construct a six-kilometre on-road cycleway along Vale Road running south from Bathurst to the village of Perthville. Once completed, it will widen the existing road by 1.5 metres on both sides . In total, this project is worth $355,000;
  • $93,455 for the Molong Cycleway project to construct a 385-metre cycle footpath along the Molong Creek linking the local sporting facilities, playground, swimming pool and bowling club. All up, this project is worth $186,909; and
  • $22,568 for the Blayney Cycleway Linkages project to construct a two metre-wide, 580 metre-long concrete cycleway to link the residential areas of South Blayney and Heritage Park with the centre of town. This project is worth more than $45,100.

“By providing better cycling infrastructure, the Government is helping take cars off local roads and reducing carbon emissions over the longer term,” Mr Albanese said

“We are building community infrastructure that will encourage healthier lifestyles amongst residents and create more sustainable communities.

“Across Australia, the Rudd Government is funding more than 170 projects across Australia, supporting more than 1,900 jobs in local communities,” Mr Albanese concluded.