The latest round of Get NSW Active grants announced this week by the Minister for Transport has seen some big wins for Bike North advocates and their local councils.
In The Hills, a major project that local advocate Brian Lynne has been pursuing for seven years has received substantial funding (Congratulations Brian!). After lobbying two Ministers, two mayors and numerous councillors, $3.1m has been granted for a shared path along the Norwest Boulevard between Windsor and Old Windsor Roads in Norwest. This will connect the Metro with key businesses such as Woolworths and Resmed and will make a big impact on local travel.
In Willoughby, $1m has been provided for further work on the St Leonards to Chatswood cycleway and $330 000 for “quiet and green streets”. North Sydney received $150 000 to bring forward a review of its bike plan, as has Hunters Hill Council received $90 000 to implement its bike plan. Lane Cove has received $241 000 for a shared user path on Mowbray Rd and a connection between two bike paths in Lloyd Rees Drive. These are part of an overall total of $39.5m announced this week for the Get NSW Active program.
It is great to see the efforts of advocates rewarded with funding for these key cycle projects.
Well done advocates!
David Thomson, Advocacy Coordinator