Bike path cost gains attention
SPENDING on a bike path in Byron Bay has gained the attention of The Australian National Audit Office.
The bike path was supposed to create jobs through the federal government's $40 million regional bike path scheme.
The scheme was developed to try and stimulate jobs in regional areas during the Global Financial Crisis.
The final report from council said 56 short-term jobs had been created on the project on a "part-time employment basis."
But Byron Shire Council's executive manager of community infrastructure, Phil Holloway has conceded this figure is not correct.
Mr Holloway says the problem lay with the end-of-project reporting.
"For smaller construction projects, there are often not fulltime jobs created but a multitude of local contractors who are engaged on a project.
"On this project, 23 external people were involved. Work undertaken included design, supply of materials and construction labour and the project was completed on time and on budget."
However Mr Holloway says the dollar for dollar cycleway funding allowed Council to bring forward a project it would otherwise not have had the money to fund.
"The 750 metre Ewingsdale Road section is a highly valued cycleway link for the Byron Bay township."