Coastal Pathway Project funding announcement

Burnie City Council has welcomed today’s announcement regarding State Government funding for the Cooee to Wynyard section of the North West Coastal Pathway project.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “This announcement has been a long time coming for the Burnie and Waratah-Wynyard communities, and we are very excited that this project will now be able to proceed.”

"The North West Coastal Pathway project is such an exciting project for the region and Waratah-Wynyard Council and Burnie City Council have been lobbying the State Government for many years regarding this section. While some headway has been made in relation to the State Government providing access to the rail corridor, today’s funding news is what we have been waiting for.”

“For many years, our Councils have been working together and exploring opportunities around the development of a pathway from the Emu River (Burnie) to the Inglis River (Wynyard) building on the existing pathway from the Emu River to Cooee.”

 “We have already completed two sections of the pathway – from Emu River to the Burnie CBD, and from West Park to Cooee. Waratah-Wynyard Council has also completed a section of pathway east of the Inglis River, and west of the Cam River to Somerset.”

“This project would result in the development of approximately 25km of continuous coastal pathway and will provide numerous benefits to local communities including health, tourism, recreation, economic benefits and play a role in attracting young families to our region.”

“Based on a review of other cycleways in Australia and New Zealand, the North West Coastal Pathway will bring significant economic benefits to the region. A preliminary assessment concludes that once completed the North West Coastal Pathway would increase direct tourism expenditure in the region by $8.471 million per year.”

“Burnie City Council will be contributing $627,355 towards the Cooee to Cam River portion of the project and we thank Waratah-Wynyard and the State Government for their contributions.”

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728