Pittwater Life February 2017 Issue

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Business and community

win out in beach connect

shared, walk-cycle path on the Bilgola

A bends linking Newport to Avalon is one of

the exciting highlights of a multi-million dollar

plan to “connect” the northern beaches.

Announced last month, Connecting Our

Communities is a $32 million initiative of

Northern Beaches Council and the NSW Government

who have pooled resources and come

up with a plan which will allow pedestrians to

traverse the 36-kilometre stretch from Palm

Beach to Manly on all-weather coastal walkways

without interruption.

But that’s not all… the proposal also includes

36km of new cycleways and shared paths connecting

north-south and east-west with links to

major bus transport hubs and services including

the Northern Beaches Hospital.

And funds have been put aside to encourage

more physical activity and play at all levels.

Northern Beaches Council Administrator

Dick Persson says the initiative was the direct

result of the creation of the new council.

“By removing the administrative boundaries,

it has unlocked the potential to interconnect

our villages and towns via cycleways, walkways

and transport hubs across the region.”

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes added:

“This idea has been floating around for

decades but it’s never been able to get off the

ground due to insufficient funds and boundary

issues.”

It is expected the new infrastructure and

active transport options will be great for local

businesses and create extensive ecotourism

opportunities.

The walkways and cyclepaths will cost $22.3

million with major investment occurring in

the Pittwater area including:

n Palm Beach: ‘Quality, landmark infrastructure’

with a cantilevered walkway and

landscape between Palm Beach Wharf and

Governor Phillip Park to ‘maintain the natural

beauty of the area’ ($1.8 million).

n Newport and Avalon: Bilgola Bends shared

path to improve road safety for cyclists, motorists

and pedestrians on this challenging

stretch of Barrenjoey Road ($2.9 million).

n Narrabeen: A new pedestrian and cycle

bridge on the west side of Pittwater Road

over Narrabeen Lagoon ($3million).

A further $10.3 million will be spent on

playgrounds, sport facilities and upgrades to

Surf Live Saving clubs to promote an active,

social and inclusive community.

It is expected our communities will be “connected”

by January 2019. – Lisa Offord

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