The Whyalla City Council is continuing with its project to have cycling and walking paths circling the whole city.
This project gets to tick off another milestone with funding in the 2018-19 Draft Business Plan Budget.
The allocation of $117,000 will continue the shared/bicycle path on Heurich Terrace to Cartledge Avenue, connecting with Nicolson Avenue and linking more schools with safe access.
The project was started in 1997 and will be about 70% complete with this next stage. The aim is produce a safe bike and walking track for schoolchildren, commuters and recreational walkers or bike riders.
This latest section continues the theme of connecting schools.
More than $1 million has been spent on the project so far with Council going dollar-for-dollar with the State Government and its State Bicycle Funding grants program or through Black Spot funding.
Community Services Department officer Ann Ryan said the project was on track to not only be a valuable asset for the city but was also meeting key government targets.
“Council is aiming to reduce the city’s reliance on fossil fuels by promoting cycling and or walking as a form of transport to it residents,” she said.
“Council is aiming to assist the State Government in its target of increasing the number of cyclists by 40,000 and the Australian Government in its national aim of doubling the number of Australian’s cycling by 2020.”
CEO Chris Cowley explained that the latest section will add another 600m to the completed 600m down Heurich Terrace to Cartledge Ave and Ian Street heading towards the TAFE and Westland Shopping Centre.
It will link up with the Whyalla Christian School, Long Street Primary School and Nicholson Avenue Primary School.
“This project has been providing safe paths for everyone from workers to schoolchildren, recreational walkers and bike riders and those that just want to leave the car at home,” Mr Cowley said.
“Not only is it a safe track, it already allows people to pursue a healthy lifestyle and reduce carbon emissions.
“These sort of projects show ratepayers money being used to great advantage, in the dollar-for-dollar arrangement with State Government.”
The track consists of “on road” marked laneways and “shared use off road bike and pedestrian” sections.
There are maps available at the Council offices showing where the path currently goes.