JOONDALUP Council has backed the State Government’s $2 million commitment to a coastal path between Burns Beach and Mindarie.
It agreed in principle last week to the Government plan of $1 million in 2017-18 and the same the next year to build the dual-use path through the Tamala Park Conservation Reserve.
Cr John Chester, who was on a committee to establish the reserve, said the path would increase surveillance of the area to help prevent off-road vehicles damaging dunes.
Fellow councillor Mike Norman said as a recreational cyclist he had long advocated for the link between the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo and looked forward to the “shared path being built as soon as possible”.
Mayor Troy Pickard expressed the council’s appreciation to the City of Wanneroo for also supporting the project, which he said had a “long gestation”.
He thanked Ocean Reef MLA Albert Jacob who, he said, had fought against Government department “bureaucracy which originally wanted the path aligned with Marmion Avenue”.
Cr Kerry Hollywood, who moved the motion to support the funding plan, said the project had been “nine years coming”.
She said Joondalup’s portion of the path only went 1km so she did not expect maintenance to cost much.
The council also noted that City funding would be considered “following clarity” with environmental considerations and the timing of Peet Limited building part of the path.