- Thursday 14 October 2010
Sunshine Coast Council’s cycle network program has received a major boost from the Department of Transport and Main Road’s Cycle Network Funding Program, with $1.7 million provided for ten major cycle projects across the Sunshine Coast.
Council’s Integrated Transport Portfolio Councillor Vivien Griffin said that the funding will help to quickly expand the region’s active transport networks, as council works towards a sustainable future for the Coast.
“Council has done exceptionally well in a now very competitive open environment for funding, receiving $1.76 million towards our cycle network program—which was the second highest funding allocation for South East Queensland, second only to Brisbane,” Cr Griffin said.
“This is a great outcome as the funding will enable us to proceed with most of the Strategic Cycle Network projects scheduled for 2010/11 and to develop forward designs for projects which were deferred.
“Council is very grateful for what we have received and we will continue to pursue capital funding for future Active Transport projects.”
Cr Griffin said that the Draft Active Transport Plan, out now for public comment, highlights the important roles the cycling and walking networks play in creating a sustainable transport system for the Sunshine Coast.
“Active transport networks help to improve our lifestyle, keep us healthy and contribute to the sustainability of the Coast but this relies on good linkages and accessibility throughout the region—which is why funding like this is so important.
“It allows us to complete the cycling and walking networks at a much faster rate and in doing so, help the Coast become more walking and cycling friendly—making it much easier, and enjoyable, for people to choose a sustainable mode of transport.”
The projects that received funding were:
- $300,000 for the Ballinger Road Shared Path and On-Road Cycle Lanes
- $275,000 for the Beckmans Road Cycle Lanes – Stage 1
- $110,000 for the Kalana Road Shared Path
- $66,000 for the Maroochy Boulevard Cycle Lanes
- $165,000 for the Noosa Drive Shared Path – Western Section Stage 1
- $357,500 for the Park Road Cycleway – Stage 2
- $33,000 for the Perwillowen Road Cycle Lanes
- $275,000 for Petrie Creek Road – Stage 1
- $82,500 for the Sunshine Coast Motorway Shared Path
- $96,250 for theTanawah Tourist Drive
Council received $1.7 million out of a possible $7 million available through the Queensland Government’s Cycle Network Funding Program allocated for SE Qld Local Authorities.