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MCGOWAN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES FUNDING COMMITMENT

Today the McGowan Government has announced the recipients of $7.6 million of WA Bicycle Network Grants to help build infrastructure and grow bike riding in Western Australia. The grants, which are matched by Local Government, will result in more than $15 million of funding to the network, delivering more than 100km of new safe, separated and connected shared paths. A full list of projects that will receive funding are listed HERE

Separately, the McGowan Government announced the commencement of a $16 million project to complete the final gap on the Kwinana Freeway PSP between Perth and Mandurah with an underpass at Cranford Avenue creating a newly uninterrupted link between Leach Highway and Cranford Avenue. $5.1million has been committed and work has begun on the extension of the Fremantle PSP from Victoria Street Station to North Fremantle Station.

In addition, the McGowan Government has committed to further projects should they be reelected in the March State Election. These projects include:
· $1.4 million to complete 2.8 kilometres of missing sections along Railway Avenue in Kelmscott
· $4.3 million to expand the Geraldton Cycling Network with 8.35 kilometres worth of shared paths
· $8.25 million to upgrade and expand the Hillarys Cycle Network connecting Burns Beach to Hillarys with 10km of paths and 2.5 km of the Hepburn Avenue shared path from Whitfords Avenue to Gibson Avenue
· $750,000 towards the Koondoola-Wanneroo Bike Plan, a 1km shared path connecting Marangaroo Drive and Butterworth Avenue; and aligning 830 metres of path between Koondoola Avenue
· $360,000 to upgrade about 1.1km of the Gnangara Shared Path between Egerton Drive to Henley Brook Avenue
· $1.1 million for the Rosedale Road shared path connecting Chidlow town centre to Lake Leschenaultia
· An additional $500,000 boost to Westcycle’s funding to bolster our work in increasing rider participation and education

“Western Australia has some of the best bike riding infrastructure in the world. Under the McGowan Government we have seen cycling infrastructure spending at record levels. Today’s announcement of the WA Bicycle Network Grants and the commitment to future shared path investments will close gaps in the existing network and ensure we have connected communities”- Matt Fulton, CEO WestCycle

“As Western Australia’s peak bike riding organisation, it is pleasing to see the commitment of increasing WestCycle’s to further enhance the role that we play in delivering better outcomes for the community. With record spending on infrastructure, it has never been more important for WestCycle to continue to represent the riding community and work with the Government to realise the full benefit riding brings to every West Australian.”

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