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Australia - Regional Development Australia Fund Round Three - Hewett Shared Use Path Regional Connector Upgrade.

Project completion: 5 September 2014

Project location: Hallett, SA, Australia

Regional Development Australia Fund grant: $172,826

Funding leveraged from other sources: $196,283

Total project funding: $369,109

Project Description:

This project will see the development of a 5.3-kilometre-long bitumen sealed shared use path for cycling and walking along the North Para River. The path will have line markings to delineate a centre line as well as standard symbols to demonstrate that it is a shared use path. It will be constructed on an existing crushed rubble standard pathway, which will reduce construction costs and deliver a stable and durable path. Three active exercise nodes will also be placed in key areas to encourage individual and group fitness activities. Outdoor

seats will be installed at ten locations for people wishing to rest and/or take advantage of the views afforded by the riverine environment.

Supporting the local community:

The new path network will allow for safer passage away from busy roads for Hewett s residents and visitors. Once completed, the upgraded path will also become the focus of community sporting and recreational activities. The area of Hewett has a relatively young population with many children using scooters, bicycles and skateboards for local trips, and the new sealed path will encourage children to stay off dangerous main roads. The path network will also link into the existing Gawler path network hub, which is currently undergoing expansion. This will allow people to access shops and other facilities via cycling or walking, which will have immediate health benefits for the community. It will ultimately reduce dependence on motor vehicles and help address environmental issues in the local area.

Supporting the local economy:

The shared path network will attract visitors to the region who have an interest in walking, cycling, fitness and enjoyment of outdoor spaces. Places such as the Hewett Community Centre, which has a cafe and restaurant, will become a popular destination for walkers and cyclists making use of the upgraded path facility and adjoining regional shared use path network. A functioning and accessible path network will provide local people with alternatives to car use for activities such as school drop-off and pick-up, shopping and running errands. Reducing car use for these activities will provide financial savings on fuel and other running costs, which in turn will become disposable income for potential injection into the local economy. The construction of this project will also generate 15 new jobs in the local area.

country :Australia

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