City of Bayswater to consider building a bike trail at Hinds Reserve

Cr Catherine Ehrhardt from the City of Bayswater, near the proposed bike trail.
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Hinds Reserve could be transformed with a bike trail.
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Cr Catherine Ehrhardt from the City of Bayswater, near the proposed bike trail. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d487810 Hinds Reserve could be transformed with a bike trail. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d487810

BAYSWATER Council will consider the feasibility of building a bike trail at Hinds Reserve in Bayswater, in a bid to provide more diverse facilities for residents.

The proposed location is north of the carpark area and is currently owned and managed by the Western Australian Planning Commission and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

It is also the start point for the Baigup Wetland Cycle Trail which connects into the Perth Cycle way and runs alongside the Swan River.

Councillors voted 5-4 to consider allocating $9000 in the 2018-19 mid-year budget review to progress a feasibility study with a consultant, in consultation with the community at last night’s committee meeting.

The council will consider a further report on the findings of the study by May 2019, subject to funding approval.

Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish, Councillors Elli Petersen-Pik, Filomena Piffaretti and Michelle Sutherland voted against.

According to an officer’s report, the estimated cost project cost was $319,000, which included a feasibility study ($9000), a trail utilising slopes and current landscaping ($230,000), a pump and challenge track ($60,000) and a bike education course ($20,000).

If the City was given the management of the site, it will be responsible for managing contaminants, restoration works and develop a future management plan, which could increase the project cost from $50,000 to $500,000.

Cr Catherine Ehrhardt, who moved the original motion to prepare a feasibility report in June, said the project could be funded by the private sector.

“It is certainly something much larger than what I originally anticipated when I first started looking at this two years ago,” she said.

“So, I’d like to see what the feasibility study comes back with and hopefully that proceeds to something that will be engaging for our youths in the South and West ward areas of the City.”

Cr Piffaretti said she was against the City taking over the managing of Hinds Reserve and “burdening” ratepayers with maintenance costs.