Legislative Council called on to pass rail line legislation

Burnie City Council is calling on the Legislative Council to pass rail line legislation to allow for the progression of the Coastal Pathway Project.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “Reports that the Legislative Council is considering voting down the legislation due to issues in other areas of the State, are of some concern.”

“The Coastal Pathways project is such an exciting project for the region, and with a Federal funding announcement imminent, Council is hoping the Legislative Council can see the benefits of this legislation; legislation which would open disused parts of the rail network up for alternative use.”

“The alternative use of the rail line will provide great linkages between communities in our region via a shared pathway. It is the anchor stage in the North West Coastal Pathway project, which when completed will further enhance Northern Tasmania as a cycling tourism destination.”

“Burnie City and Waratah-Wynyard Councils have for many years been exploring opportunities around the development of a coastal pathway from the Emu River to the Inglis River, building on the existing pathway from the Emu River to Cooee. This project will create a continuous coastal pathway of approximately 25km and access to the rail corridor is the critical component of this important community infrastructure project.”

“A project such as this will provide numerous benefits to local communities including health, tourism, recreation, economic benefits and play a role in attracting young families to visit and live in our region.”

“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. This type of infrastructure investment is incredibly important in the diversification of our regional economy and to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.”

“I would love to show members of the Legislative Council the proposed stretch of coastline, so they can see for themselves just how spectacular the Coastal Pathway would be.”

 “This is a local government partnership project which has the support of the State Government and is currently being assessed for funding by the Federal Government. Local Government has taken a lead role in this project and we seek the support of our Legislative Council colleagues to help make this project a reality. We encourage the State Government to work with the Legislative Council to get a good outcome for this important project for the region.”

For further information please contact

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

Email: jphillips@burnie.net