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Funding Boost for WA's Bicycle Network

The Transport Minister, Mr Troy Buswell has just announced an injection of $20 million over two years for Western Australia’s Bicycle Network.

The announcement will result in an additional $16 million for the Principal Shared Path (PSP) network, and an additional $4 million for metropolitan and regional bicycle network grants to local government over the next two years.

The $20 million will supplement the $2.66 million the Dept of Transport currently spends annually on WA’s Bicycle Network.

The missing links in the PSP network that will be addressed include the Midland line PSP, from Bassendean Station to Midland Station; the Fremantle line PSP, from Shenton Park Station to Loch Street Station and from Grant Street Station to Marine Parade; and sections of the Mitchell Freeway from Glendalough Station to Reid Highway.

A detailed funding breakdown of the announcement is as follows:

Principal Shared Paths

  • An additional $8.25 million in 12/13
  • An additional $7.75 million in 13/14 
  • Existing funding of $0.91 million per year remains 

Resulting in a total of $9.16 million being allocated to the PSP network in 12/13 and $8.66 million being allocated in 13/14.

Perth Bicycle Network Grants

  • An additional $1 million in 12/13
  • An additional $1 million in 13/14 
  • Existing funding of $1 million per year remains 

Resulting in a total of $2 million being allocated to the Perth Bicycle Network Local Government Grants Program in 12/13 and a further $2 million being allocated in 13/14.

Regional Bicycle Network Grants 

  • An additional $0.75 million in 12/13
  • An additional $1.25 million in 13/14
  • Existing funding of $0.75 million per year remains

Resulting in a total of $1.5 million being allocated to the Regional Bicycle Network Local Government Grants Program in 12/13 and a further $2 million being allocated in 13/14.

The draft WA Bicycle Network Plan identified $10.91 million per year for the PSP network from 13/14 onwards. This announcement will bring the annual amount allocated to the PSP network in 13/14 up to $8.66 million. So while the funding boost is welcome, it still falls $2.25 million short of the annual amount identified for the PSP network in the draft WA Bicycle Network Plan.

We hope this means there are further funding announcements to come from the Minister over the coming 12 months.

The draft WA Bicycle Network Plan is open for comment until June 17.

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