Funding for the GreenWay was cut in yesterday's state budget. Officially the GreenWay has been 'deferred' but the light rail project will go ahead. This is very disappointing. The GreenWay adds value to the light rail by providing safe walking and cycling path enabling more people to reach the light rail stops. Connections such as the bridge over Parramatta Road and underpasses for Old Canterbury Road and New Canterbury Road remove the main barriers to active transport in this area. We now need to ensure that these will still be built with the light rail in place. This is not the end for the GreenWay- just a hitch, so please keep up your support.
On a more positive note there is the Two Valley Trial Reconcillation walk on 18th September, which will be a great family event.
The NSW State Government has 'deferred' the GreenWay in the State budget, stating that it was not properly costed by the Labour Government and was expected to cost more than originally planned. The Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklan went on to say:"It makes no sense to continue Labor’s incompetent attempts at building a cycling network without an integrated transport masterplan that includes active transport. "
This decision is very disappointing for the GreenWay stakeholders. However this is not the end for the GreenWay. We are currently planning our next steps. The GreenWay Councils and community have a long term commitment to the GreenWay vision.
Canterbury Aboriginal Advisory Group and the Cooks River Valley Association invite the community to join the Two Valley Trail Reconciliation walk on Sunday 18th September. Walkers will converge on Gough Whitlam park from various start locations- mostly local parks near the Cooks River and Wolli Creek, where there will be a celebration of Aboriginal culture, reconciliation and a host of activities for all the family. For more details please click here.
A big thank you to the 194 community members who completed our Active Transport Survey online or at local parks in the GreenWay. The survey results are now in with some great feedback from our community about how they currently use the GreenWay and how they plan to use it in the future.
Congratluations to Antonio Penzoni of Potts Point who was the winner of the lucky draw prize. Antonio has won a $500 voucher from Ashfield Cycles.
Mr Penzoni said the GreenWay was one of the best initiatives he had seen in Sydney.
"It deserves to be a model for the rest of the city and inspiration for how we want to live in the future," he said. "It shows that being in a big city doesn't necessarily have to mean being surrounded by cars and concrete everywhere you go."