Bikeway bites the dust as funds go
THE possibility of getting a bikeway linking Bundaberg and Bargara has disappeared over the horizon, with little chance of getting a start for at least 10 years.
Bundaberg Regional Council roads and infrastructure portfolio spokesman Wayne Honor told the NewsMail the state Department of Transport and Main Roads had said the project was on hold until upgrades to the road were carried out.
“Upgrades to the road are not on the regional infrastructure plan for the next 10 years,” he said.
“But they have told us if there is any change, the pathway will be part of it.”
Cr Honor said State Government funding of $2.4 million allocated to the bikeway was well short of being enough to build the link between Bundaberg and Bargara.
With no hope of getting the project up in the short term, the government instead made the decision to redirect its funding to the upgrade of the Bundaberg airport.
“This is a real letdown for us,” Cr Honor said.
“A lot of people were looking forward to having a bikeway.”
Cr Honor said if any work was done on alternative routes, such as Windermere Road, providing a bikeway there would be considered.
Roy Fraser, secretary of the social cycling group the Mad Cycologists, said he was very disappointed at the decision.
“They always say they’re going to do something and then they keep deferring it and keep deferring it,” he said.
“It’s a matter of allocating money, but I always say the more cyclists on the road the fewer cars and the less maintenance needed.”
Mr Fraser said it was also a matter of safety.
“I’ve done the Bundaberg-Bargara ride a few times lately, and it frightens me,” he said.
Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey said he was disappointed for the members of the community who would have used the link.
“Are we ever going to be able to afford it if we keep putting it off?” he said.
“Some people in Bundaberg were really looking forward to it.”