Emerald is putting the pedal to the metal when it comes to cycling, with the state government approving funding for four local projects.
The Central Highlands Regional Council secured almost $947 000 under the Department of Transport and Main Road’s 2017-18 Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program.
The program aims to accelerate the delivery of cycling networks and encourage more cycling across the state.
‘To get more people cycling more often, cycling needs to be accessible and safe, with facilities that encourage new riders of all abilities and all walks of life,’ Mayor Cr Kerry Hayes said.
‘I’m positive this new and improved cycling infrastructure will be used by many of our residents. Healthy active lifestyles are so important in our communities, and we thank the Queensland Government for recognising and supporting this.’
The projects will be jointly funded by council.
The projects are:
|Project||Council Contribution (ex GST)||State Contribution (ex GST)||Total Cost (ex GST)|
|Detailed design of a missing link in the off-road shared path network from southern Sullivan St to Clermont St.||$30 000||$30 000||$60 000|
|Construction of a new 885 m long, 3 m wide shared path along the western side of Opal St, between Campbell St and Park Avenue, including connections north into Sunrise Rotary Park and Emerald Cemetery.||$227 336||$227 336||$454 671|
|Construction of a 522 m long, 3 m wide shared path along Opal St between Fysh St and Clermont St.||$155 979||$155 979||$311 958|
|Construction of a new 1.9 km long, 3 m wide shared path from the Visitor Centre on Clermont St, north along Dundas St, Egan St and Hospital Access Rd, connecting existing paths at Racecourse Rd.||$533 657||$533 657||$1 067 313|
Construction schedules are yet to be determined.