Big Tick to Town of Cambridge – 2010 – 2011 Perth Bicycle Network Grant Money Spent

Aaa big tick

A big tick to the Town of Cambridge who have completed all the projects for which they won grant moneys for under the Perth Bicycle Network Local Government Grants program in 2010 – 2011.

I wrote to the Town of Cambridge on April 10, 2011 for an update on the status of the grants. As I hadn’t got a response from the Council, I followed this up with a letter to The Post in early June 2011. I thought the letter had been buried as it didn’t hadn’t been published, but then Simon Withers, Mayor of the Town of Cambridge emailed me and this was followed up by the response below from Jon Bell. The letter was by the way was published in the June 25, 2011 edition of The Post with a response from the CEO of the Town. This explains why it was not published early. The Post had followed up with the Council, so thanks to The Post for that. The moral of the story is that if you want to get listened to it sometimes pays to write to your local paper.

Anyway back to the grants. A big kudos to the Town of Cambridge who has spent all their grant money. The response from Jon Bell follows:

Thank you for your query concerning the scheduling of the 5 (sic) bicycle projects partially funded by Department of Transport. I apologise for not responding to you sooner.

The Town was successful in five projects under the 2010-11 Perth Bicycle Network Local Government Grants. All have been completed by mid May 2011 and the grant money has been fully claimed. These projects were:

1. Signage program to install bicycle and pedestrian logos on various shared paths – $10,000.

2 Jon Sanders Drive 220 metre new shared path from Harborne St to Herdsman Pde – $14,700.

3. Pearson Street 460 metre new shared path from Cromarty Rd to Turriff Rd – $24,920.

4. West Coast Highway 650 metre upgrade of shared path from Hale Rd south – $50,000.

5. St John of God Hospital install secure compound and 20 U-rails – $25,000.

The website notice gave good advice at the time when item was posted on the website. However, the final scheduling of these works is dependent on other factors such as approval from Main Roads WA for works near West Coast Highway, and proposed traffic signal works at Jon Sanders Drive and Herdsman Parade.

I hope the Council will continue to take a proactive approach to improving the bicycle network in the Town and apply again for grants under the 2011-2012 Program.  The Council is showing early promise of this with its proposal for Salvado Road, Wembley.

One Response to Big Tick to Town of Cambridge – 2010 – 2011 Perth Bicycle Network Grant Money Spent

  1. Treadly 16 July 2011 at 7:04 AM #

    My jaw drops at the cost of putting in cycling paths and infrastructure. $14,700 for a 220 metre path? Can you imagine how much single-track you could make in the bush for that sort of money? It almost looks like a scam.

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