Bike grant to help City build better paths

Published on Friday 29 March, 2019


Getting around will be a lot easier thanks to a $837,000 shared path project along Railway Parade in Beckenham, being delivered by the City of Gosnells in the coming years.

The City will provide $436,000 for Stage 1 of the project, with Mayor Glenn Dewhurst welcoming today’s announcement by Cannington MLA Bill Johnston that the State Government will contribute a further $401,000 under the WA Bicycle Network Grants.

City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said the current shared path ended at Lacey Street, Cannington at the border between the Cities of Gosnells and Canning.

“During 2019, this path will be extended from Lacey Street to William Street, as part of a separate project being funded the City of Gosnells, the Public Transport Authority and the Department of Transport,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“Then in 2020, the City will start construction of a shared path between William Street and Carmichael Street to create a safer and better path network for local residents and the wider community.

“This project also fills a missing link between Beckenham and Kenwick Train Stations and will provide a much-needed connection to Beckenham Primary School and other destinations along William Street, as well as Westfield Carousel, Cannington Leisureplex and Sevenoaks College.

“It’s a great step towards encouraging people to use more sustainable forms of transport and reducing our reliance on vehicles.”

Many bicycle groups and individuals ride along the Perth-Armadale train line as part of their commute to work, as well as for sporting and recreational purposes.

The total path construction of 1.37km, which will also link to the Roe Highway shared path, will be delivered by the City of Gosnells in two stages, including:

• Stage 1 – William Street to Carmichael Street (2020/21)

• Stage 2 – Carmichael Street to Ladywell Street (2021/22)

The City will apply for the next round of WA Bicycle Network Grants for Stage 2 of the project, which is expected to cost $733,000.