Council receives $11.35M NSW Government funding
10 April 2019
Wagga Wagga City Council has welcomed the awarding of $11.35M from the NSW Government to implement the city’s commuter cycling network.
It’s the final step in the planning and funding approval process which will see the rollout of a 50km network of dedicated cycle paths connecting the city and suburbs.
Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM said the announcement is extremely reassuring and Council can now move ahead quickly to implement the exciting project.
“Consultation has already been undertaken and the network design of 10 cycle links was approved by Council in July 2018,” Cr Conkey said.
“Next month, Council will undertake further community consultation including writing to all residents adjacent to the proposed routes prior to finalising the detailed design for the cycle infrastructure.
“In addition, Council is currently recruiting for a Senior Project Manager to manage the implementation of the project.
“I’d like to add that this funding was awarded exclusively to develop the commuter cycling network and cannot be diverted for other uses in the city; hence the need to seize this opportunity to build a cycle network that will be the envy of many other cities.
“Dedicated city-wide cycling and sporting facilities are designed to meet the needs of residents and improve the liveability of the city, as well as attract new visitors to the city for sporting and recreational opportunities.”
The five complete cycling networks will link the outer suburbs with the central business area.
The locations of cycle routes and end-of-trip facilities have been selected following consideration of cycling needs as part of the city’s overall integrated transport vision in the Wagga Wagga Integrated Transport Strategy 2040 (WWITS).
The project budget is $12.81M with the NSW Government contributing $11.35M to be matched by $1.45M from Council.
• The NSW Government committed to the funding in January 2018, subject to the finalisation of a detailed business case. Council has now received the funding deed, which is the green light and final approval required to proceed with detailed design, implementation and construction.
• Residents living adjacent to a proposed cycle way are invited to provide their feedback via email or post or by attending a community consultation session:
7 May: Eastern and Forest Hill Links
8 May: Central and Southern Links (including Fox St and levee)
15 May: All Links
21 May: All Links
All sessions to be held at Council Meeting Room, Wagga Wagga City Council, 6 to 7.30pm. More information can be found at wagga.nsw.gov.au/cycling