Council to consider 2050 Cycling Strategy

The proposed road network from the Esperance town site. Photo: Shire of Esperance.
The proposed road network from the Esperance town site. Photo: Shire of Esperance.

The Shire of Esperance council is set to consider the newly-developed Esperance 2050 Cycling Strategy, designed to cater to the growing demand for quality cycling infrastructure in regional WA.

The strategy, developed in conjunction with the Department of Transport, has been almost two years in the making and includes a number of priority projects that are budgeted for in the shire's 2019/20 capital works program.

As well as informing the shire's Long Term Financial Plan, the strategy is set to assist the shire in applying for grants to fund as much as 50 per cent of the infrastructure's construction.

The strategy focuses primarily on the Esperance town site, the region's coastline and connecting tourist parks on the outskirts of town to some of the town's most popular attractions.

The primary routes will include trails connecting the town centre to Bandy Creek Harbour, Eleven Mile Lagoon, Pink Lake and Gibson.

Upon completion, a network of secondary routes will be established, which will connect Pink Lake Road to Twilight Beach Road, Harbour Road and Pink Lake Road through Nulsen and Norseman Road to both Fisheries Road and Goldfields Road.

Long Term, the strategy looks at creating two potential long distance trails for tourists, including a trail from Esperance to Lake Monjingup and further towards Albany.

Shire of Esperance chief executive officer Matthew Scott said the shire had undertaken public consultation on the strategy, much of which centred around extending the pathway from Castletown to Bandy Creek.

Mr Scott said the strategy was now ready to being considered by council.

"There has been a fair bit of consultation and we're now at the point where we're putting it up to council for endorsement," he said.

"This [Esperance 2050 Cycling Strategy] will guide how we build bike paths in the future and what the priority areas are for future additional infrastructure in those areas.

"It also links in with the state government's priorities for bike trails.

"Hopefully, by having this, and because it has been developed in conjunction with the Department of Transport, there might be funding opportunities to implement some of the plans.

"It's a good outcome and Esperance is certainly becoming known as being cycle-friendly."

The item is expected to reach council at the meeting on Tuesday, August 27.