Final stage of foreshore dual-use path completed

Jacinta CantatoreSouth Western Times
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

The final stretch of Australind’s Old Coast Road foreshore dual-use path is now complete, making it easier for people of all abilities to enjoy the Leschenault Estuary.

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 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.

She said until the bush track was paved during these upgrades, people who were wheelchair-bound or had mobility issues could not access that stretch of foreshore.

Now wheelchairs, bikes, scooters and pedestrians can share the 2.5m wide track.

“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.

“We have organised fencing along the reserve to prevent people driving onto the foreshore area and to protect the pathway.”

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

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