Pittwater Life January 2018 Issue

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Bayview Heights foreshore link

Bayview Heights residents will

no longer need to ‘bush-bash’

down steep terrain to the Pittwater

foreshore following a $130,000

funds injection from the State

Government that will see a sleek,

environmentally sensitive community

walkway constructed in 2018.

The funds were allocated after a

submission from Bayview Church

Point Residents Association President

Roberta Conroy, lodged in

August, was given the green light

in December.

A delighted Ms Conroy told Pittwater

Life the track would be integrated

into the Pittwater Trails network,

connecting all community members and

visitors to the area, including school

children, families and seniors, enabling

access to public transport, water, facilities

and businesses in the Church Point

‘hub’.

“It will reduce motor vehicle use,

promote fitness and healthy outdoor

activity, environmental appreciation and

social inclusion and benefit all residents

and visitors,” she said.

“Presently it is only possible to

navigate through this bushland by bushbashing

and rock climbing, making it

STEEP TERRAIN, DENSE BUSHLAND: Bayview Heights

unsafe for most community members,

depriving Bayview Heights residents access

to Church Point and making escape

during fires dangerous and almost

impossible.

“Healthy lifestyle is paramount to

the broad community – this bush track

construction will encourage exploration

of our local area; there are many retirement

village residents nearby needing

accessible stable infrastructure for safe

exercising, as do children and all of the

community.

“And the bush track fits well with the

current Church Point Precinct major redevelopment

with the new carpark, road

widening and boardwalk, enabling

increased visitation to our area.”

Local MP Rob Stokes said the

track would complement a range

of ongoing infrastructure improvements

around the Church Point

community precinct.

“Access between Bayview Heights

and Church Point is heavily

restricted due to the terrain and

bushland, which effectively divides

the two areas," he said.

“Providing a formal pedestrian

pathway will better enable residents

to traverse between the two

areas and help address a number

of concerns regarding access during

emergency situations."

He added other initiatives currently

being progressed at Church Point with

financial support from the NSW Government

included extensive car parking

and pedestrian upgrades, boardwalk

and foreshore improvements around the

historic General Store and heritage enhancements

around the original church

and cemetery site.

“Congratulations to the Bayview

Church Point Residents Association for

successfully advocating for this important

initiative.”

– Nigel Wall

8 JANUARY 2018

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