Footpaths on the way

CYCLISTS and pedestrians will be rejoicing after Byron Shire Council received $609,000 for the construction of pedestrian and cycle paths in the shire.

The boost to local infrastructure was announced by the Rudd Government and is part of the $800 million Community Infrastructure Program which will help support jobs and boost local economies.

Projects in the Byron Shire which have received funding include:

  • $180,000 for a pedestrian and cycle path in Left Bank Road, Mullumbimby. Construct an extension of a shared path for walking and cycling from the Mullumbimby town centre towards the hinterland.
  • $132,000 for a pedestrian and cycle path Ewingsdale Road. Stage two of a shared path used for walking and cycling along the northern side of Ewingsdale Road.
  • $132,000 for a pedestrian and cycle path Shara Boulevard, Ocean Shores.
  • $100,000 for a footbridge over Saltwater Creek, Mullumbimby which will form part of the Mullumbimby Riverside Walk.
  • $65,000 for a pedestrian and cycle path, Kallaroo Circuit, Ocean Shores. Construction of a shared path which completes a circuit that extends from the village of Billinudgel to the beaches at the northern end of the shire.

Federal Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot, said she was delighted to see funding announced so quickly for the local community.

“The Rudd Government understands that our community is feeling the effects of the global financial crisis,” she said.

“I have made many representations in Canberra about the importance of local projects like this in generating construction activity and delivering much-needed infrastructure to improve the quality of life in local communities.”

Ms Elliot said the council would receive a contract shortly and she encouraged them to sign it and return the copy quickly so that funds could be released.

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