Councils continue the push for Coastal Pathways funding

Burnie City Council and Waratah-Wynyard Council will continue the push for funding for the Coastal Pathways project.

Waratah-Wynyard Council and Burnie City Council submitted a joint application to the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions funding program earlier this year, however this application was unsuccessful.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “It is unfortunate that the submission was unsuccessful this time, as both Councils can see the benefits that this type of project would create for our local communities and our region.”

Waratah-Wynyard Mayor Robbie Walsh said, “Despite being unsuccessful in our bid for Federal funding, both Councils are determined to keep advocating for this project as we consider it to be important for our communities and we are currently considering making an application under the Federal Government’s new Building Better Regions fund.”

“The Coastal Pathways Project already has the support of the State Government in relation to providing access to the rail corridor, however we would also welcome a funding co-contribution from the State Government for this project and for it to be given consideration to be funded in the upcoming State Budget,” Mayor Dow said.

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

“We have already completed two sections of the coastal 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,” Mayor Dow said.

“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,” Mayor Dow said.

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

For further information please contact

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