City of Bayswater to investigate feasibility of a bike trail at Hinds Reserve

CITY of Bayswater will investigate the prospect of creating a bike trail at Hinds Reserve in Bayswater.

Councillors unanimously supported Councillor Catherine Ehrhardt’s motion which requested officers prepare a report on the feasibility of integrating a bike trail north of the car park area at last month’s council meeting.

The report will be prepared in liaison with non-profit organisation WestCycle and will include estimated costs, community engagement and external funding opportunities.

Officers will deliver the report to the council by October.

Cr Ehrhardt said she spoke to some community groups who were supportive of recreational cycling tracks in the area.

“We had one up in Noranda which is being degraded and I believe is no longer operational…we have got some BMX jumps up at Wotton Reserve and that is it,” she said.

“I’ve met with WestCycle and have discussed loosely what tracks would entail and estimated costing, which I believe will be in the vicinity of about $20,000 and maybe an ideal project for Lotterywest to fund.

“It is right next to a principle shared path and it is something I think that will be a great asset to our community and really add multiple uses to that section of bushland, subject to the State Government allowing us to do it there.”

Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish said it would be more beneficial to incorporate a bike trail in the yet-to-be established urban forest next to the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary.

According to an officer’s report, the Western Australian Planning Commission undertook the land management on behalf of the landowner, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

The report stated an agreement to the proposal would be required by the two bodies and the City was likely to take over the management.