Sunshine Coast cyclists to benefit from funding boost

 Three Sunshine Coast cycling projects worth almost $2 million will soon be underway thanks to a cycling infrastructure grant from the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, said the awarded funding was part of the State Government's commitment to delivering better cycling infrastructure and planning.

“This funding will help fill the gaps on south-east Queensland’s principal cycle network,” Mr Elmes said.

“The three projects being constructed through the latest round of the Cycle Network Local Government Grants will receive a combined total of $982,300 in funding from the State Government.

“We’re proud of our achievements in building better cycling infrastructure through this grants program,” he added.

The three projects will build;

  • 550 metres of bicycle lanes on both sides of David Low Way at Marcus Beach between Mahogany Drive (South) and Mahogany Drive (North)
  • 250 metres of on-road and off-road cycling facilities around the Mary Street, Reef Street and Weyba Road intersection, and
  • 830 metres of bicycle lanes in various locations along Noosa Drive and Noosa Parade.

These projects are three of eleven to receive a fifty per cent grant through the latest round of Cycle Network Local Government Grants, which awarded a total of $6 million to three south-east Queensland councils for the delivery of 10km of cycling facilities.

This is the second round of funding to be announced for the 2012-2013 year with the first round delivering $10 million in grants to seven councils.

“Meanwhile, I am pleased to hear the announcement made today by the Transport and Main Roads Minister, Scott Emerson, of the 2013-14 Cycle Network Grants,” Mr Elmes said.

“It is exciting to hear we can continue to connect routes for cyclists and to fill the gaps in our cycling network.

“The $2 million dedicated to the Connect To initiative included as part of the 2013-14 grants program, is also critical in providing active transport connections to bus stops and train stations in our community.

“With this support, we can build better cycling facilities for the community,” Mr Elmes said.

Under the Cycle Network Local Government Grants program, south-east Queensland local governments can apply for fifty per cent funding towards projects delivering best practice cycling facilities.

For the list of 2012-13 Cycle Network Local Government Grant projects and more on cycling initiatives, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au.