Councillor candidate Andrew Squires says Noosa Council’s failure to extend the shire’s bike path network over the last six years will be quickly turned around if the Future Noosa independents are elected in March.
“In 2019, after years of talking, the council budgeted $650,000 for the preparation of bike path strategies for the entire shire but since then the community has not been informed about when it will see real construction action,” Mr Squires said.
“The council’s track record is poor in this vital area of community well-being, especially given there are key parts of the shire where bike paths are required for safe cycling.
“This includes in the vicinity of schools, along Beckmans Road, between Cooran and Pomona, between Sunshine Beach and Peregian Beach and the construction of other dedicated bikeways to keep riders off busy roads.
“Future Noosa has a clear policy to unlock the many benefits of bike paths in contributing to a better environment, providing safe cycling, easing traffic problems and promoting a healthy lifestyle,” Mr Squires said.
“A progressive bikeway roll-out should be a priority project for Noosa Council. We don’t anticipate all the work will happen at once. But it must get started.
“We’ll get bike path construction moving for the first time in many years by accelerating mapping in priority areas and starting building bikeways before the end of 2020,” Mr Squires said.