Windfall for cycling to school

Council to pay the shortfall
Council to pay the shortfall

The State Government allocated $100,000 to the City of Stirling for the new Perth Bike Network, while $37,000 was directed towards the Connecting Schools Project.

The City of Stirling will be left to cover the remainder, about $160,000 for the two projects.

City of Stirling Manager of Engineering Design Paul Giamov said although funding towards both projects was considered satisfactory, the council had not budgeted for the Connecting Schools Program.

‘The City’s contribution of $37,227 is not listed on the current annual budget, as it was unknown as to whether this grant submission would be successful at the time that the council’s budget was set,’ he said.

Mr Giamov said this meant the City would need to seek approval from council for the City’s contribution from the mid-year budget review in February next year.

The decision to proceed would then be subject to council approval of this year’s budget.

Mr Giamov said the Connecting Schools Funding would provide a footpath on Bentwood Avenue, between Birchwood Avenue and Woodlands Street, to complete a missing pedestrian link for students travelling to and from Woodlands Primary School.

WA Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the State Government had invested $39.95m in 53 projects across WA’s local governments, with 22.5km of bike paths constructed.

‘Of the 53 projects, 14 are near schools and make good on our pledge in the Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan 2014-31 to improve safety for school children,’ Mr Nalder said.

The State Government has provided local government grants for cycling infrastructure since 1987.