Ballina-Lennox Head cycleway protestors.
Ballina-Lennox Head cycleway protestors. David Nielsen

$325,000 for North Coast cycleways

A total of $325,000 in NSW Government funding has been granted for two cycleway projects at Ballina and Byron Bay.

Minister for Planning, Tony Kelly, said Byron Shire Council has been allocated $175,000 and $150,000 for Ballina Shire Council.

The funding will be invested in the construction of :

  • A 440-metre extension of the pedestrian path and cycleway along Ewingsdale Road between Quarry Lane and Bayshore Drive, immediately west of Byron Bay; and
  • A 1.17 kilometre extension of the Ballina CBD Cycleway between Regatta Avenue and Kerr Street, including 450 metres of on-road and 750 metres of off-road path.

Mr Kelly said the route of the Ewingsdale Shared Path had been identified in a study part funded by the Department of Planning.

“Once this section is complete, it will connect the communities of Ewingsdale, Sunrise and Byron Bay, as well as local employment areas and sporting and cultural facilities,” the Minister said.

“The extension of the Ballina CBD cycleway will connect existing sections of the path to create a continuous riverside promenade, providing better access to the waterfront and the town centre for both locals and visitors.”

The funding has been awarded under the NSW Coastline Cycleway Program, which provides financial support to 23 non-metropolitan councils for planning and construction of cycleway projects.

Mr Kelly said the government funding will be matched dollar-for-dollar by council and is a fantastic example of what State and local government can achieve together.

“This is the eighth grant received by Byron Shire Council under the Coastline Cycleway Program and the sixth received by Ballina Shire Council, taking their total funding to $605,827 and $480,000 respectively,” the Minister said.

Duty MLC for Ballina, Amanda Fazio, said the Coastline Cycleway Program was a key government initiative to support cycling as a quick and easy transport choice that’s also healthy and fun.

“Not only will these two cycleways provide a valuable piece of transport and recreation infrastructure for the local community, it will also become a new attraction for tourists, which has the potential to deliver flow-on economic benefits to the area,” Ms Fazio said.

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