Cycle pathway program wheels in motion
  • Thursday 18 November 2010

Despite a drop in State Government assistance, Sunshine Coast Council will proceed with most scheduled projects in its 2010/2011 Strategic Pathways and on-Road Cycling Budget.

Council has been offered $1,600,228 in grants from the State Government, the highest per capita funding for any Council in South East Queensland.

Asset Management and Works portfolio, Cr Ted Hungerford said Council had been offered around half the grant amount it had budgeted for, but would still deliver most of its projects.

"The State Government’s cycle network budget for South East Queensland was heavily reduced this year," he said.

"Sunshine Coast Council received less money than previous years but we have done very well considering the overall reduction in the State’s budget.

"What this means is that four of Council’s projects will remain in their design phase this financial year and will be delivered when funding becomes available in future budgets."

Projects that will remain in design-only phase in the 2010/2011 Strategic Pathway and On-Road Cycling Budget include the Arthur Street Pathway at Caloundra; the Chevallum Road bike lanes; the Alexandra Parade and Cotton Tree Parade pathways at Cotton Tree.

Council’s commitment to its $5,254,000 2010/2011 Strategic Pathway and On-Road Cycling Budget is $3,654,000, with the remainder coming from State Government grants.

Major projects due for delivery include the Park Road Pathway at Noosa Heads ($650,000); the Ballinger Road Pathway and Bike Lanes in Buderim ($545,000); and the Petrie Creek Road Bike Lanes at Diddillibah ($500,000).