Mayor and Deputy Premier ride high as milestone link is opened
Published on: 11 October 2019
In front of an enthusiastic crowd, New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM have donned their helmets to officially open the first section of the Commuter Cycle Network.
The pair led community members on a historic ride along the Levee Link on Thursday to mark the milestone grand opening.
The picturesque Levee Link is the first section of the Commuter Cycle Network to be completed as part of Wagga Wagga City Council’s $12.8M Active Travel Plan.
It winds its way from the Wiradjuri Bridge to Wagga Beach and is the first of 10 routes of high-quality cycle paths to be unveiled to residents.
“There’s only one downside to this fabulous new shared pathway… it’s definitely going to cost me money,” Councillor Conkey joked.
“My bike is about 35 years old… It’s probably about time I bought a new one so I can enjoy this new cycleway even more.”
Wagga’s Commuter Cycling Network is the largest cycling infrastructure project currently taking place in New South Wales and is recognised as a crucial project for the city.
“This network will not only improve the liveability and accessibility of our city but also play a role in improving health outcomes for members of our community,” Cr Conkey said.
“I’m so proud to see this first link opened to the public, and so many families, young people and individuals out here today raring to give it a go.”
In more exciting progress, the Red Hill Link in the western section of the network is also nearing completion.
The Active Travel Plan is expected to be completed in 2021.
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