Fifty active transport projects in WA will benefit from a total of $8 million in funding announced recently by the State’s government.
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti announced 38 local councils would receive funding through the WA Bicycle Network Grants Program over the next two years, adding more than 57km of high-quality cycling and walking connections.
The State Government provides up to 50% funding for eligible projects to help ensure infrastructure is continuous across local government boundaries, increasing safety and connectivity for the community and boosting tourism opportunities for local businesses.
Regional projects awarded funding for 2022-23 and 2023-24 span from the Great Southern and Goldfields-Esperance regions, all the way up to the Kimberley.
This includes major shared path and tourist trail projects in Albany, Harvey and Kondinin, connecting town sites and key local destinations and facilities.
In metropolitan areas, 12 projects will provide protected bike lanes and shared paths linking existing networks with schools, medical services and shopping centres.
“The McGowan Government is investing a record $265 million dollars in active transport infrastructure over the next four years to encourage Western Australians to explore the State on their bike or by foot,” Ms Saffioti said.
Perth to Mandurah Cycleway
The funding announcement coincides with the completion of work on an uninterrupted 74km cycle path between Perth and Mandurah.
Ms Saffioti recently opened the latest 880m section of the Kwinana Freeway Principal Shared Path, which includes a new road underpass to provide a continuous off-road route.
Construction of the $16 million project started in early 2021 and required approximately 20,000 square metres of land to be levelled to build the new path within the freeway reserve.