Push for Stronger Regions funding continues

A Coastal Pathway between Burnie and Wynyard is a step closer thanks to the State Government providing in principle agreement for access to, and alternative use of, the rail line west of Burnie.

Burnie City Council welcomes the State Government’s in principle support for this project which will now enable a joint funding application from Burnie City and Waratah-Wynyard Councils through the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “It is great to finally have the State Government on board with this important project, I thank Minister Hidding for working with us to enable us to access and use the rail corridor for an 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.”

“Council acknowledges that the rail line has been generously loaned to our community by the state government while it is not required for rail activity. We are accepting of the State Government’s condition to convert the corridor back to rail usage if it ever becomes economically viable to do so.”

“This is another great example of the importance of productive working partnerships between both local and State Government and I look forward to our funding application being successful and to the Federal Government funding 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 our region".

“I would also like to thank the Waratah-Wynyard Council and Cradle Coast Authority for working in partnership with us on this mutually beneficial project. Again, this is another great example of how we can work together as a region to improve access to quality visitor and recreational experiences and infrastructure. Thanks also to the Bicycle Network, and in particular the efforts of Keith Price for ongoing advocacy on this issue.”

“I am also issuing a challenge to Waratah-Wynyard Mayor Robbie Walsh and local members Brett Whitely and Roger Jaench to take a bike ride with me when we get the funding and the Project is completed!”

Council is also submitting an application under the National Stronger Regions Fund for the upgrading of the Burnie Tennis Courts which will enable us to again host the Burnie International.

“This will be the third time that Council has applied for funding through this program for the Burnie Tennis Courts, and we are hoping it will be a case of third time lucky.”

“The Burnie Tennis International is such an important event for our city, with almost $1 million in economic benefit flowing back into the region. It is also an important event on the international tennis circuit. Players love coming to Burnie, and we love hosting them.”

“Council will also be making the Burnie Tennis Club redevelopment one of a number of election priorities with the Federal Government, and will be seeking an election commitment matching Labor’s federal election promise.”

We are thankful to all the stakeholders who have already committed to their contribution, but we are still waiting on the Federal Government for its support.”

 “We want action on this and are calling on the Federal Government to make it happen”

For further information please contact

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

Email: jphillips@burnie.net