Initiative set to create continuous link along Northern Beaches

February 27, 2017 by  

The emergence of Sydney’s Northern Beaches Council, based in Mona Vale, has paved the way for the creation of a spectacular coastal cycleway and walkway.

Designed to stretch between Palm Beach and Manly, the project aims to connect the suburbs for the uninterrupted pleasure of everyone who visits or resides in the iconic Northern Beaches strip.

Council Administrator Dick Persson said the linkage, which is being conducted jointly with the New South Wales Government, will bring together the former council areas of Warringah, Pittwater and Manly as a single Northern Beaches community.

The Connecting Northern Beaches project is set to deliver two main programmes, beginning with a $22.3m focus on integrating active cycleways and walking paths that connect to services and transport hubs.

A second programme, he said, will see an investment of $10.3m into active and inclusive play, for which two all-abilities playgrounds will be created as well as upgrades to existing play areas and $4m for surf lifesaving clubs and sporting facilities.

According to Mr Persson, the initiative will have the ultimate effect of creating a visitor destination that is world class and promotes its many recreational and lifestyle choices, many of which are featured regularly on holiday cards and other marketing materials.

He said the idea to create such a continuous network of cycling and walking links had been touted for many years, but boundary issues and insufficient funds had prevented it from moving ahead.