Brakes put on cycle path plan

A CYCLE path between Burns Beach and Mindarie may not be built until a housing estate at the southern end is complete, according to local governments.

A study on the proposed dual use path along the coast was jointly funded by the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo, and the State Government, in 2012, but is yet to be released.

Wanneroo chief executive Daniel Simms said the State Government had advised both cities it would not progress the Tamala Conservation Park management plan until the land was transferred to the Conservation Commission of WA.

“The City is aware that the completion of Peet’s Burns Beach Estate will result in the transfer of land to the Conservation Commission of WA,” he said.

“This will also instigate the commencement of the management plan, which is required prior to considering the coastal dual use pathway.

“The project is largely reliant on State Government funding for the pathway’s construction, none of which has been allocated at this point in time.”

Mr Simms said the developer Peet had indicated it would install part of the path when it developed the north-west section of the estate, with an estimated completion date in 2020.

Joondalup chief executive Garry Hunt said the City had written to the Department of Planning seeking public release of the environmental and topographical study for the path, finished in May 2013, with two possible routes.

“The cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup have previously resolved that the construction of the path should be funded by the State Government,” he said.

“Since October 2013, City of Joondalup has been liaising with Peet and the departments of Planning, Parks and Wildlife, and Environment and Regulation to progress the coastal dual use path proposal.”

Merriwa resident Lewis Flood, who has said he will be a candidate in the October council elections, recently started a petition calling for the City of Wanneroo and other parties to progress the 2.5km path project.

Mr Flood said he would collect signatures on weekends in May opposite the Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club.