A Shorten Labor Government would invest over $1 million in shared pathways to improve access for cyclists and pedestrians in Woonona, Gwynneville and Wollongong.
This election will be a choice between a Shorten Labor Government with a plan for the local infrastructure communities need, or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos.
Investing in this network of shared pathways will make it easier for locals and tourists to enjoy Wollongong’s great outdoor lifestyle, improving public amenities and safety at the same time.
This funding would be sourced from Labor’s recently announced $260 million National Bike Paths Strategy and would provide the largest ever investment in shared pathways from the Federal Government.
This will complement Wollongong City Council’s huge $12 million footpath, cycle and shared pathways program over the next four years. These projects have already been identified by Wollongong City Council as priorities and a Shorten Labor Government will work with Council to ensure they are delivered.
The following projects will be completed under the program:
- Woonona ($120,000) – upgrade existing shared path between Kareela Rd and Campbell St
- Gwynneville ($200,000) - upgrade of a footpath from Vickery St to Mercury St and a new cycling link along Fairy Creek from the Denison-Mercury Street roundabout to Vickery
- Wollongong ($530,000) - new shared path along Denison Street from Crown St to Throsby Dr – $530,000
- Wollongong ($210,000) - Upgrade the University link shared path between Smith St Underpass and Beaton Park - $210,000
We have a number of popular shared pathways around our lake, beaches and foreshores. This additional investment would allow a Shorten Labor Government to build on this network and fill in missing links.
When last in Government, Federal Labor delivered $2.9 million to the Blue Mile Project, $863,000 towards the North Beach Bathers Pavilion upgrade and $6.6 million towards local community infrastructure such as parks, footpaths and cycleways.
Federal Labor has listened to our community and, if elected on 18 May, looks forward to working with the community and Wollongong City Council to ensure the Illawarra has the world-class shared pathway network it deserves.