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Kununurra Shared Path funding announced

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley has successfully secured $315,000 over two years to design and build a cycling loop around the Kununurra town centre.

As part of the annual Western Australian Bicycle Network (WABN) grants scheme, the State Government provides grant funding assistance to local government authorities for the planning, design and construction of bicycle infrastructure.

Shire Director Planning and Community Development, Nick Kearns said the path provides an important connection to schools, health facilities and Aboriginal communities.

“There are no alternate transport options for the school children and workers to reach these locations other than to cycle on the road.

“This path will form part of the Kununurra Shared Path network forming a loop path around the town”, he said.

The shared path builds on the existing network and will link the places that the community highlighted during the Strategic Community Plan consultation.

“Feedback from the community is that parents are reluctant to allow their children to cycle to school due to safety concerns with lack of a safe cycle path,” Mr Kearns said.

The Kununurra Shared Path will create a circular shared path looping around the town, linking strategic destinations with residential areas.

Shire President Cr David Menzel said the shared path along Ironwood Drive to Chestnut Avenue will not only improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists accessing schools but also support families without access to motorised transport.

“The path will also improve access for people with disabilities and users of mobility scooters and provide an important connection to schools, health facilities and Aboriginal communities.

“The Shire is now working to promote the use of the shared path and has invited user groups highlighted as strategic destinations to work with the Shire to develop and implement an activation plan,” Cr Menzel said.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said that across the board there are huge benefits in allowing Western Australians to more easily ride their bikes.

"These grants support local governments to deliver high-quality, continuous and safe cycling infrastructure that is connected to local amenities and integrated with public transport providing opportunities for those who want to ride their bike for leisure or as part of their daily commute.

"The grants program is just one of many ways we are working collaboratively with local governments to enhance recreational, commuter and tourism cycling experiences for residents and visitors to the State,” Ms Saffioti said.

The Western Australian Bicycle Network (WABN) Grants Program is an initiative of the Western Australian State Government.

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Ride2Work Day in the East Kimberley

This story is related to National Ride2Work Day

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley is excited about Ride2Work Day on Wednesday 17 October! Join us as we work towards a healthy, vibrant, active community encouraging everyone to participate in sporting, recreation and leisure activities. Sun protection is recommended tomorrow from 7:30 am to 2:40 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 11 [Extreme].

The Shire is promoting National Ride2Work day to staff and the community in Kununurra and Wyndham through social media and noticeboards working toward the Shire's Goal 1.2 Increase community participation in sporting, recreation and leisure activities.

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Walk to work day in Kununurra

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As part of Walk to Work Day held on 5th October staff at the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley's Kununurra office got up early to beat the heat and walked to work to raise awareness about diabetes. One staff member walked from River Farm Road covering a distance of 9km or 11,500 steps. Even the family dogs got to join in with one of the walks from Lakeside.

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