Access all areas for estuary

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Harvey Shire manager of works and services Peter Kay is please with the Australind foreshore dual-use path is complete.
Camera IconHarvey Shire manager of works and services Peter Kay is please with the Australind foreshore dual-use path is complete. Credit: Jacinta Cantatore/Jacinta Cantatore

It will now be easier for people of all abilities to enjoy the Leschenault Estuary, with the final stretch of the Old Coast Road foreshore dual-use path completed.

Earlier this month workers completed the pathway from Christina Street in the south to Ridley Place in the north, with minor landscaping works in the coming weeks.

Harvey shire chief executive officer Annie Riordan said the pathway was a great asset for the shire because it could be used by people of all ages and abilities.

“The Ridley Place Foreshore path, being 2.5 metres wide, takes into account people on mobility scooters and bicycles and is wide enough for dual use so everyone can enjoy using the pathway and access one of our foreshore areas,” Ms Riordan said.

“We are committed to ensuring that all our community members have access to services and that the Shire provides infrastructure which is accessible for everyone.”

Ms Riordan said until the bush track was paved, people with mobility issues could not access that stretch of foreshore.

“The shire’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan is taken into account when planning all projects and it is important that we have pathways and amenities which everyone can enjoy,” she said.

“The pathway was constructed in consultation with our neighbouring local governments to ensure a continuous cycle route was created between local government authorities as part of the Greater Bunbury Bicycle Master Plan,” Ms Riordan said.

“Council approved the project design and engaged residents to walk the path alignment along with shire staff and the contractors, to assist and advise of any concerns,” Ms Riordan said.

The South West Development Commission, Department of Transport and State Government helped the shire with funding.

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