The Andrews Labor Government has still failed to answer if they will support the much touted Traralgon-Morwell shared pathway project, despite assurances announcements would be made before the end of 2016 Member for Morwell Russell Northe has said.
Mr Northe has written to the State Government on a number of occasions in addition to raising questions in Parliament; however it appears there is little interest from Daniel Andrews and his Ministers.
Mr Northe said the Liberal – Nationals had previously provided funding to Latrobe City Council to conduct a feasibility study, and Council subsequently applied for funding through the State Governments “Safe Cyclists and Pedestrians” fund.
“Yet despite repeated requests on the status of this funding, we are none the wiser of the State Governments interest more than 5 years after this current process started,” Mr Northe said.
“The Traralgon-Morwell pathway would be a drawcard for our region, but all the Government has to say is that all projects under the Safe Cyclists and Pedestrians fund would be considered and announcement made by the end of 2016.
“We are now in the last days of 2016 yet it appears Daniel Andrews can’t be bothered even upholding his own commitment of making a decision before the end of 2016.”
Mr Northe said many local bike riders and health enthusiasts have long wanted to see construction of a Traralgon-Morwell shared pathway, including local bike riding group the Traralgon and Morwell Pedallers (TRAMPS).
“A shared pathway will not only provide improved health benefits to local residents, but increase local tourism opportunities and provide a safe pathway for recreational cyclists in our community,” Mr Northe said.
“Our community has long advocated for this project and it has been a long and frustrating fight which we will not back down from.
“The government must urgently advise the community of the outcome of this application.”
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