Alice's persistence gets a bikeway
WHEN Murwillumbah school student Alice Kettle was told by her father it was too dangerous to ride her bike to school from Riveroak Drive on the western side of the town she pedalled into action.
Alice, who in 2006 was attending St Joseph's Primary School, began a petition for a bikeway linking the town's booming western suburbs with the other bikeways to the CBD.
Yesterday the hard work paid off when Federal MP for Richmond Justine Elliot announced $180,00 in funding to Tweed Shire Council to build the bikeway. Alice was there to hear the good news.
Mrs Elliot said the Federal Government would contribute more than $348,000 for two new bike path projects at Murwillumbah and Byron Bay.
In Murwillumbah the funding would go towards a $594,000, 350-metre-long, two-metre-wide concrete bike path linking Riveroak Drive to Ray Street, providing a safer link to the Murwillumbah CBD.
Tweed Shire Council welcomed the grant which will take the bikeway through the notorious “Bray Park cutting” alongside Kyogle Road and be open for public use by “the end of 2010”.