The community has collectively voiced its desire for greater pedestrian and mobility access and improved footpath and cycleway connections across the region and MidCoast Council says it is listening.
During this year's community conversations, towns and villages throughout the region were united in their desire for greater pedestrian and mobility access, and improved footpath and cycleway connections, leading council to work towards the development of a Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP) and a Bike Plan.
As a result, MidCoast Council has engaged specialist consultants, Stantec, to undertake an independent review of the region's pedestrian and cycle routes.
Stantec has considerable experience in delivery of traffic and transportation projects across all stages of the project life cycle including planning, development and implementation.
Once it reviews existing pedestrian, cycleway and access plans, a determination will be made about future pedestrian and cycle key routes and identify opportunities for developing and enhancing pedestrian and cycle related activities and attractions for community members and visitors.
The first part of this project, which involves meeting with locals to identify each community's priorities for pathways, will be done at a range of community meetings.
This input will then be used to develop a PAMP and a Bike Plan.
"We've heard loud and clear that pedestrian and mobility access, improved footpaths and cycleways are a priority across the region," MidCoast Council infrastructure and engineering services director, Rob Scott said.
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"The development of our Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan and Bike Plan will enhance the sustainability and liveability of the MidCoast local communities and enable pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to interact with consideration and safety," he said.
Together with council the Stantec team invites all residents to be part of this conversation and share ideas for pedestrian access and mobility in their area.
Sessions are being held at:
- Old Bar - Club Old Bar on Monday, November 25 from 6pm;
- Pacific Palms - Community hall on Tuesday, November 26 from 11am;
- Forster - council chambers on Tuesday, November 26 from 6pm;
- Taree - council chambers on Wednesday, November 27 from 10am;
- Hallidays Point - Black Head SLSC on Wednesday, November 27 from 6pm;
- Harrington - Club Harrington on Thursday, November 28 from 6pm;
- Bulahdelah - School of Arts Hall on Tuesday, December 3 from 10am;
- Gloucester/Stroud - Gloucester Senior Citizens Hall on Tuesday, December 3 from 6pm;
- Wingham - services club on Wednesday, December 4 from 6pm;
- Nabiac - showground hall on Thursday, December 5 from 10am, and
- Tea Gardens - Baptist church on Thursday, December 5 from 6pm.
Members of the community who can't make a session, can still get involved by completing a short survey which will be open until mid-December.
The survey can be found on the MidCoast Council website, Planning ahead for Pedestrian Mobility Access and Cycleways.
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