The light rail has now opened, but the GreenWay shared path is still deferred.
In September 2011, the State Government announced that it was going to defer the GreenWay shared pathway, which had been approved as part of the scope of works for the light rail project.
The Government has committed to delivering the bush corridor component of the GreenWay, and will assist with protecting existing bushcare sites as well as other vegetation which provides important habitat for a range of flora and fauna.
However, the shared pathway connecting the Cooks River Pathway to the Iron Cove Bay Run with a safe, off-road shared pathway for walking and cycling is a key missing link from the GreenWay vision.
A petition to save the GreenWay has was handed to local MPs on 15 February 2012 by local Mayors and the Friends of the GreenWay. As a result the GreenWay was debated in parliament on the 31 May 2012.
Friends of the GreenWay is a local community group established to advocate for the GreenWay. The Friends have been very active in undertaking a campaign to save the GreenWay and have worked tirelessly to collect petitions and secure the support of the four partner Councils, and also direct lobbying of the State Government. Friends of the GreenWay held a successful a ride along the GreenWay on Sunday 26 February 2012.
For more information or to become a member of Friends of the GreenWay visit their website www.friendsofthegreenway.org.au
More than 500 local community members turned out to show their support for the GreenWay at the Save the GreenWay Rally on Saturday 30 October 2011 in Johnson Park, Dulwich Hill. The rally was organised by Friends of the GreenWay and Marrickville Council. The Kegworth Public School Band stirred up the crowd with three songs.
Bernie Hobbs from the ABC’s "New Inventors" show was MC, with speakers including:
Friends spokesperson Jud Agius said the rally was a huge success and reinforced the widespread community support for the GreenWay.
“When we hold a rally like this, you never really know how many are going to turn up,” said Mr Agius.
“We were ecstatic about the turnout and believe it shows the depth of community feeling in favour of the GreenWay.
“People of all ages are very keen to see a walking and cycling route along the former goods line and they will not be silenced. Across the community and across all political sides there is support for the GreenWay – so why not build it now.”
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