Bicycle Tasmania Congratulates Andrew Wilkie for Challenging Major Parties
Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie has challenged the major parties to commit to funding the Battery Point walking and cycling path, stating that if re-elected, he will champion the project in Canberra.
“I will use every opportunity to continue to speak in support of the priority bike infrastructure projects in Canberra” said Mr Wilkie.
“I do my best to increase bike infrastructure in the Denison area at every given opportunity. Because I am not a member of a party I do not have the ability to pledge Government money for projects. But I have over the last three years tried hard to win funding for improved bicycle infrastructure in the electorate, including by making the case repeatedly to the Prime Minister personally.”
The project has been identified by the state as one of critical significance and key to invigorating and enhancing the liveability of Hobart.
The promenade is also central to supporting an active, healthy student population by connecting over 10,000 students at the Sandy Bay Campus with safe cycling and walking facilities to the Central Business District and satellite campuses.
Bicycle Tasmania Facilities Development Manger, Alasdair Doyle said that the Hobart City Council had approved Stage 1 of the project and was just awaiting funds to move forward on the project.
“The Battery Point Promenade has momentous public support and it’s time that the two major parties come on board and make this project a reality” declared Mr. Doyle.
“Whilst we have seen some improvements in recent years, Tasmania is still lagging considerably behind other states in providing safe connections to schools.”
“Schools and parents should be encouraged to work together to provide children with a safe and easy way to cycle to and from school. This would teach children from a young age both the health and environmental benefits of commuting by bike” Mr Wilkie stated.
“I intend to make this a high priority after the election because the health, environmental and affordability elements of bike riding are self-evident.”
Hobart Lord Mayor Damon Thomas and Denison Candidates viewed the location of the project on Bicycle Tasmania’s bicycle tour last Friday.
Increased connectivity to universities, including the Battery Point promenade were key projects of the State’s submission to the Federal Government's Nation Building 2 (NB2) Program, which was unexpectedly knocked back earlier this year.
Bicycle Tasmania has asked all parties for policy positions and commitments to fund key bike infrastructure projects around the State. Most candidates responded and their responses can be found here.