NOTICE OF MOTION: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR NEWCASTLE CYCLEWAYS

COUNCILLOR:       M OSBORNE, T DOYLE

MOTION

Noting that

(i)                 The role of a councillor is to represent the interests of the residents and ratepayers and to provide leadership and guidance to the community (Local Government Act 1993, Section 232),

(ii)               Council is obliged under its Charter to exercise community leadership and to provide directly or on behalf of other levels of government, after due consultation, adequate, equitable and appropriate services and facilities for the community (Local Government Act 1993, Section 8), and

(iii)             Newcastle City Council unanimously adopted the Newcastle Cycling Strategy and Action Plan, and

(iv)             Cycling was the number one community priority, that Newcastle City Council manages, during the Newcastle 2030 consultation, and

(v)               Newcastle City Council has allocated $15.7 million over 10 years of Council funds to implement the Action Plan, and

(vi)             Newcastle City Council should seize external funding opportunities from Federal and State Governments as they arise

That Newcastle Council

  1. works with Lake Macquarie City Council and Cessnock City Council to submit an Expressions of Interest for Regional Development Australia funding to develop the Richmond Vale Rail Trail cycleway (numbered as R9 and L1 in our Cycling Strategy and Action Plan), and
  2. works with Maitland City Council to submit an Expressions of Interest for Regional Development Australia funding to develop the Birmingham Gardens to Tarro (BeroTarWood) via Hexham Swamp cycleway (numbered as R8 in our Cycling Strategy and Action Plan).
  3. Reconvenes the Cycling Working Party to guide the implementation of the Newcastle Cycling Strategy and Action Plan and invite a representative from the National Parks and Wildlife Service to participate.

BACKGROUND

The Regional Development Australia Fund supports the infrastructure needs of regional Australia. Nearly $1 billion has been allocated to the program (with some funding subject to the Minerals Rent Resource Tax). The program funds capital infrastructure projects which are identified as priorities by local communities.

The program is administered by the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport.

Both cycleways have a huge tourism and environmental education potential, showcasing the Hunter Wetlands National Park, the Sugarloaf State Conservation Area and the Lower Hunter Green Corridor.

The proposed Richmond Vale Rail Trail will follow the disused Richmond Vale Railway from Hexham near Newcastle to Kurri Kurri. It is approximately 28km in length and travels through three brick lined tunnels built in the early 1900′s and cross two trestle bridges.

The Birmingham Gardens to Tarro (BeroTarWood) regional cycleway links Birmingham Gardens, Shortland, Sandgate, Hexham, Tarro, Beresfield and Woodbury across the Hexham Swamp and the Hunter Wetlands National Park.

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