Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall with Inverell Shire Mayor Paul Harmon on the site where one of one of the new shared footpath/cycleways will be constructed in Henderson Street.
MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today announced that construction and planning would begin on new bike and walking paths in Inverell thanks to a $220,400 investment by the NSW Government.
Mr Marshall said the government had allocated $40 million state-wide for more than 380 walking and cycling projects across to better connect communities, improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and encourage more people to get active.
“I am very pleased Inverell will benefit from this massive funding injection, with five projects earmarked to improve the network of walking and cycling paths through the community,” Mr Marshall said.
“I congratulate Inverell Shire Council on being so proactive in addressing gaps in its existing footpath and cycleway networks and valuing the importance of this infrastructure for the health and wellbeing of the community.”
The five projects funded in Inverell include:
- The construction of an off-road 2.5m concrete cycleway along Rivers Street, between Vivian Street and Lawrence Street ($32,000);
- The construction of kerb ramps at the Campbell Street & Rivers Street intersection, Inverell and a 95m cycleway linking to the existing cycleway along the Macintyre River ($15,500);
- The construction of an off-road 2.5m concrete cycleway in the Lions Park, to connect the Gwydir Highway to Buxton Close ($141,000);
- The construction of 15 new kerb ramps on Evans Street. Location of ramps include intersections of Evans-Campbell Streets (1), Evans-Mansfield (6), Evans-Vivian Streets (8) ($16,500);
- The construction of 14 new kerb ramps on Wood St, Inverell. Location of ramps includes intersections of Wood-Oliver Street (4); Wood-Evans Street (8); Wood-Rivers Street (1) and entrance to TAFE (1) ($15,400).
Mr Marshall said with cycling more popular than ever before and walking trips on the rise, it was important the government provided funding assistance to develop the infrastructure needed to support local communities.
“These five projects will provide a huge boost for residents and businesses – completing crucial missing links in the Inverell walking and cycling network and providing better connections between residential areas and the CBD,” he said.
“If we want to encourage more people to leave the car at home and get active, we need to provide access to safe, convenient and connected waking and cycling networks.
“This investment is about connecting people and places and making a difference to the way residents move around their communities.”