Oct 24, 2009

Economic Stimulus: $628,000 for bike paths in Kyogle and Lismore

Economic Stimulus: $628,000 for bike paths in Kyogle and Lismore

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 24 2009

The Rudd Labor Government is partnering with two local councils to invest $628,000 to upgrade and expand cycling infrastructure in Kyogle and Lismore.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the Government will provide $314,000 from its National Bike Paths Fund for two local projects, with the councils kicking in the balance of the necessary funding.

“Specifically, we will provide $263,250 towards Lismore City Council’s $526,500 project which will extend the existing cycleway network to better connect local schools, the university and the town’s central business district,” said Mr Albanese.

“A further $50,750 has been earmarked for the extension of the existing shared cycleway in Ettrick Street to Kyogle High School and Kyogle Pool, with the project to be delivered in partnership with Kyogle Council.”

Page MP Janelle Saffin said these two projects are exactly what our Economic Stimulus Plan is all about.

“This funding will immediately support 12 local jobs while leaving a lasting legacy for the community through facilities that will encourage greener, healthier lifestyles.”

“Importantly, cycleways provide a safer environment for bike riders and make cycling a more attractive option for getting around our local towns and cities.

“I hope these new bike paths in Lismore and Kyogle encourage more local people to get on their bikes.”

All up, the Rudd Labor Government’s National Bike Paths Fund will fund 174 projects and support more than 1,900 jobs in local communities across Australia.

“By building better cycling infrastructure we are providing more Australians with a greener, healthier way of getting to and from school or work, which over time will help take cars off local roads and reducing carbon emissions,” said Mr Albanese.

There are about 1.9 million recreational cyclists in Australia, with more bikes sold last year than cars.