MEDIA RELEASE: Community embraces shared pathway

Published on Wednesday, 16 December 2020 at 3:21:08 PM

Members of the Donnybrook community have welcomed the completion of the first accessible shared pathway that connects outer residential areas to the town centre.

The dual use cycling pathway and walkway uses existing networks and links to community facilities to connect the town’s central business area to outer residential areas including Meldene Estate.

In 2019, the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup successfully secured a grant of $192,500 from the Department of Transport for the construction of the path over two stages. Matched by funding from the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup, this project formed part of the Shire’s Pathway and Trails Expansion Strategy.

Shire President Brian Piesse said, “community feedback over the past few years identified the Meldene site as the priority space for the pathway. The pathway promotes and encourages a range of health benefits and is accessible to the whole community.”

The Shire’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan guided the design of the sealed pathway which was aimed at improving access and inclusion for all community members.

The pathway, which provides connectivity to the Munda Biddi Trail, was identified in the Bunbury Wellington 2050 Cycling Strategy as a priority project. Department of Transport’s Regional Operations Manager said, “cities and towns with high levels of cycling enjoy a range economic, environmental and social benefits.”

The shared pathway involved extensive collaboration between a number of key stakeholders including Arc Infrastructure and the Donnybrook Country Club due to the location and proximately to the railway and Country Club. Country Club President Alan Perkins said, “we’ve heard nothing but positive feedback about the pathway and our patrons at the club have not been impacted during game play.”

Stage One of the pathway project was completed in July this year, additional funding for the project was sourced through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communication’s Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program and Stage Two is now complete.

The pathway has provided a safe and picturesque walk and cycle trail for both residents and tourists to enjoy all year round.

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