Active Transport Grants Helps Get Infrastructure and People Moving

The NSW Government will provide more than $1 million in grants to assist the Northern Beaches Council deliver around 2.5 kilometres of shared pathways.

Manly MP James Griffin, Pittwater MP Rob Stokes and Davidson MP Jonathan O’Dea said the funding will help Northern Beaches Council build important sections of shared paths that will make it easier for cyclists and pedestrians to move around their local area.

“The grants will help to deliver 750 metres of shared path from Queenscliff to Freshwater which will connect to the existing cycleway that leads to the Manly Wharf and town centre,” Mr Griffin said.

“Another 480 metre shared path will be delivered adjacent to Allambie and Rodborough roads in Frenchs Forest, which will form part of the active transport link between Manly and Frenchs Forest.”

Member for Davidson Jonathan O’Dea gave the funding an enthusiastic endorsement.

“The new shared path at the Wingara Reserve ticks all the boxes for sustainability, healthy activity and community connection and enhances the revitalization of the area around Glen St and the Lionel Watts Regional Sporting Facility,” Mr O’Dea said.

More than 600 metres of shared path will be built along Barrenjoey Road connecting Mona Vale and the B-Line interchange with the existing shared path network, while more than 400 metres of shared path through Wingara Reserve will connect the Glen Street community precinct to northern Belrose.

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes said a 270 metre shared path along eastern and northern edge of Trafalgar Park in Newport will be built to provide a direct connection from the Gladstone Street shared path to Newport Public School.

“Our community loves the outdoors and it’s great to see funding for these upgraded links in our active transport network,” Mr Stokes said.

The creation of these shared pathways is part of an investment of around $710 million in walking and cycling infrastructure over the next four years that will bring the NSW Government’s total investment to almost $1.1 billion – the largest in the State’s history.

“The NSW Government continues to encourage people to walk and cycle as part of their everyday commute, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle while also helping to relieve congestion on the roads and public transport,” said Minister for Transport and Roads, Andrew Constance.

Further information about the projects will be available from Northern Beaches Council as work progresses.