Murdoch Drive shared path among projects backed by $6m State Govt funding


The City of Melville has received close to $500,000 to put towards a new shared path along Murdoch Drive. Picture: Martin Kennealey d481478
The City of Melville has received close to $500,000 to put towards a new shared path along Murdoch Drive. Picture: Martin Kennealey d481478

A SHARED path proposed for Murdoch Drive is among 39 projects backed by a $6 million State Government investment.

Funding under the Perth and Regional Bicycle Network grants program – to go to successful local governments over the coming two years – will help create more than 37km of new cycling paths across WA.

City of Melville received $491,000 for a 1.2km shared path along Murdoch Drive, south from Leach Highway.

The path will help strengthen the connection to the Murdoch Activity Centre, a precinct the City believes could potentially become WA’s largest area of employment outside the Perth CBD.

Further details are scarce, with the project still in its infancy, although the Department of Transport will also contribute financially.

Among other local governments to receive funding was the cities of Armadale ($658,582 – Railway Avenue shared path), Cockburn ($50,000 – bike lanes for Rockingham Road and $5000 – bikeway design) and Fremantle ($175,000 – upgrade to intersection of Queen Victoria Street and Adelaide Street).

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the grants, which will go to 34 local governments, would contribute to important cycling facilities.

“This cash injection into WA’s bike network will help ensure infrastructure is continuous across local government boundaries and provide enhanced recreational, commuter and tourism cycling experiences for residents and visitors to WA,” she said.

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