WA gets cycling infrastructure boost

By Rob O’Brien

Cyclists in Western Australia have been boosted by news that the Rudd Government will invest more than $2.8 million in 16 cycling infrastructure projects in the state.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, and Parliamentary Secretary for Western and Northern Australia, Gary Gray, made the announcement on Friday.

Mr Albanese said that the investment came from the $40 million National Bike Paths Projects fund, part of the Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan.

“The Government’s investment will deliver projects worth $5.7 million – more than double – with the remainder of the funding provided by local councils,” Mr Albanese said.

“Around Australia we are funding 174 projects, supporting more than 1,900 jobs and traineeships.
“Practical projects like these are exactly what our Economic Stimulus Plan is all about.

“Our investment in cycling infrastructure will also help take cars off local roads and reduce carbon emissions over the longer term.”

Mr Gray said that WA bike path projects would support 167 jobs and traineeships, delivering an economic boost in local communities.
“The Government is supporting local economies and investing in infrastructure that will make a difference over the longer term in communities,” Mr Gray said.

“The projects, located across Perth, Geraldton, the Margaret River, Merredin, Nannup, Northam, Kwinana and Mandurah will encourage healthier lifestyles amongst residents and create more sustainable communities.”

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