$3.2m Baldivis shared path officially opened


Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels, Premier Mark McGowan and MLA Reece Whitby with members of the Rockingham Social Cycle Group (yellow shirts).
Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels, Premier Mark McGowan and MLA Reece Whitby with members of the Rockingham Social Cycle Group (yellow shirts).

BALDIVIS’ $3.2 million principal shared path was officially opened on June 30.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels, Premier Mark McGowan and Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby opened the path a ribbon cutting ceremony

During speeches, contractors and City staff were thanked for their collective efforts.

Money for the path came from the State Government’s Perth Bicycle Network Grants program to the tune of $1.2 million with the balance paid by the City.

Stretching 4.2km along Safety Bay Road, it was designed to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists and connects with other paths into and around Rockingham.

Mr McGowan enjoyed the new transport initiatives.

“I’ve lived in Rockingham for more than 25 years and it is always a welcome sight to see new transport infrastructure being improved,” he said.

Mr Whitby said it gave more options for healthy lifestyles.

“Baldivis needs quality infrastructure and this pathway is a valuable addition to our local community which will be enjoyed by thousands of people,” he said.

“Cycling is a popular pastime but many people are put off because they are worried about being knocked down by a car or truck.

“This shared path will make residents healthier and safer.”

Cr Sammels said the path was strategically placed to fill a transport gap.

“This is excellent news for the Baldivis community, and the wider City of Rockingham,” he said.

“They have waited a long time for this; it will greatly improve the safety of this popular route for pedestrians and cyclists.”

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