$60 million to kickstart CBD to Parramatta active pathway
An iconic 91 kilometre continuous pathway linking the Sydney Opera House to Parramatta Park will be built as part of a $60 million NSW Government investment.
Treasurer Matt Kean said the 2022-23 Budget commitment would improve the lives of tens of thousands of people along the Parramatta River.
“This pathway will take in some of our most spectacular sights and unlock the incredible lifestyle and accessibility opportunities the route offers for the benefit of locals and visitors,” Mr Kean said.
Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes said the Parramatta to Sydney Foreshore Link would be one of Sydney’s longest and most crucial active transport connections, traversing 18 suburbs.
“Since 1811 our city’s prosperity has been propelled by road and rail connections between the settlements of Sydney and Parramatta. This new connection will allow walking and cycling trips to proliferate, making lives easier, healthier and more enjoyable for locals, commuters and visitors for centuries to come.”
Minister for Environment James Griffin said this pathway will enhance Sydney’s stunning natural assets, linking them together for the enjoyment of everyone.
“No matter where you live, you should have the opportunity to access, enjoy and benefit from our environment, and this new pathway will be a fantastic addition to the great outdoors for the people of NSW,” Mr Griffin said.
Member for Drummoyne John Sidoti said he was delighted to see the funding extended to the second Bay Run around Hen and Chicken Bay.
“We know there is strong community support for the second Bay Run between Cabarita Bay and Abbotsford because it will enhance the lives of residents by providing them with access to their beautiful backyard,” Mr Sidoti said.
The new funding will facilitate the next stages of the project, including design of the initial project stages identified in the feasibility study, solutions for the remaining inaccessible foreshore sections, and prioritisation of works in consultation with councils.