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Western Australian local governments can now apply for a share of $1.75million to expand their local cycling networks.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport Bill Marmion said the money could be used to build bicycle lanes, new shared paths and bicycle parking facilities, as well as develop local bike plans.
â€œThe Bikewest grants program is an important element in the partnership between State and local governments to deliver cycling infrastructure across WA,â€ he said.
"Councils play a vital role in the development and maintenance of cycling networks.
â€œThese provide enormous community health and social benefits and to the environment by providing safe cycling routes for recreational cyclists and reducing vehicle emissions.â€
Mr Marmion said the grants were available as part of the 2009-10 Perth Bicycle Network and Regional Bicycle Network Local Government Grants Program.
He said in 2009-10, the annual grants program would allocate $1million to metropolitan councils and $750,000 to regional areas to develop and maintain new and current cycling infrastructure.
Project categories include bicycle lanes, local bike plans, new shared paths, path upgrades and bicycle parking facilities.
The Department for Planning and Infrastructure's Bikewest Branch will administer the program.
Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the Department for Planning and Infrastructure cycling website through Perth Bicycle Network Grants at http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/cycling/1535.asp or Regional Bicycle Network at http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/cycling/2909.asp .
$1.75m would cover about 1/100th of this list.
I have a cunning plan, as cunning as a fox who's just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University
This is really terrific news,
I'm so excited
A million between 30 Councils
So much we could do with that, I will suggest that my council forms a steering committee to do a feasability study (using imput from independent consultants to give it credibility) on how best to spent this windfall
that should use up all the funds, we wont have any more cycling infrastructure but we will have a great report that we can use for next time,
unless of course its out of date by then, things might of moved on, the consultants will be able to tell us.
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