Emu Park and Rocky cyclists granted nearly $1M in funding

UPDATE 12.40PM: MEMBER for Keppel Brittany Lauga has confirmed cyclists in the Emu Park area will also enjoy safer and more direct journeys thanks to an extra $105,000 in funding from the Palaszczuk Government.

Ms Lauga said in Parliament today the project was one of 12 to receive funding through the latest round of the program.

"The project will include the design and construction of a shared path along Hill Street in Emu Park, between Pattison and Harley streets roundabouts," Ms Lauga said.

"The Palaszczuk Government is working with the Livingstone Regional Council to deliver these projects providing another example of our commitment to creating more local jobs."

EARLIER: CYCLISTS in Rockhampton will enjoy safer and more direct journeys following an $811,000 funding boost to improve the region's cycle network.

Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said Rockhampton Regional Council had been awarded funding for two cycling infrastructure projects through the Palaszczuk Government's Cycle Network Local Government Grants.

"The Palaszczuk Government is committed to improving the safety of our transport network, which includes making it easier and safer for more people to ride bikes across Queensland," Mr Bailey said.

"We have awarded $2.7 million to seven councils across Queensland for the delivery of an additional 7.5 kilometres of cycle network."

"Projects delivered through this program will provide better facilities for cyclists, improve the safety and convenience of local cycle networks and encourage more people to cycle more often.

"The recent injection of an additional $11 million to support the state-wide expansion of the program brings the total investment to more than $60 million over the next four years."

Local governments outside south east Queensland with an endorsed Principal Cycle Network Plan were invited to apply for grants from the recently-expanded, state-wide program.

Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said the projects received funding through the second round of the program.

"Funding has been awarded for the reconstruction of road space on North Street to allow for protected bike lanes, parking lanes and traffic lanes in each direction," Mr Byrne said.

"Construction of a shared path on Upper Dawson Road between existing paths at Blackall and Nathan streets, including a connection to the Bruce Highway intersection has also been funded.

"Both projects will greatly improve safety and connectivity for cyclists traveling on Rockhampton's growing cycling network." 

"Working with local governments to deliver these projects contributes to our commitment of creating more local jobs."

Councils are awarded funding for cycling infrastructure on a 50/50 basis and works on these projects are expected to start progressively throughout early 2016.

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