Local bike plan receives funding
BELLINGEN Shire Council has been allocated $167,500 in NSW Government funding to construct 1.3 kilometres of pedestrian path and cycleway from Urunga township to Hungry Head.
Minister for Planning Tony Kelly said this would be the first instalment in establishing a cycleway for the Urunga area, and followed a priority route under council’s pedestrian access and mobility plan.
“The new pedestrian path and cycleway will allow greater access to the popular beach destination of Hungry Head,” the minister said.
The funding has been awarded under the NSW Coastline Cycleway Program, which provides financial support to 23 non-metropolitan councils for planning and construction of cycleway projects.
Duty MLC for Oxley Kayee Griffin said the Government funding would be matched dollar-for-dollar by council and was a fantastic example of what state and local government could achieve together.
“Not only will the Urunga – Hungry Head cycleway provide a valuable piece of transport and recreation infrastructure for the local community, it will also become a new attraction for tourists, which has the potential to deliver flow-on economic benefits to the area,” Ms Griffin said.
This year, the NSW Government is providing almost $1.3 million in funding to councils for projects that will deliver seven kilometres of new cycleways.
A total of $9.3 million has now been allocated to NSW coastal councils through the Coastline Cycleway Program since it began in 2003, resulting in around 93km of cycleways.
Including this year’s successful applications, about 22% of the 1400km Coastline Cycleway route stretching from Queensland to Victoria is already in place or funded for construction.