[CAMWEST-discuss] FW: federal election HEAT proposal

Nick Urbanik nicku at nicku.org
Wed Aug 29 10:49:25 UTC 2007

Dear CAMWESTies,

there may be a few more of you who have some good ideas about what to
fund around Parramatta.

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From: Graham <gheap at bigpond.net.au>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 20:44:46 +1000
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Subject: FW: federal election HEAT proposal
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Email is self explanatory, is anybody from the Parra connection able to take
this request from the BFA on.  I'm more aligned to issues within Blacktown &
Hawksberry so a bit out of contact with what the latest issues are in Parra.


Please advise so I can pass a response back to Jeff.


Alex Unwin from BNSW has asked that he be kept in the loop on this request
and whoever is able to take it on Alex would also like to discuss.


Graham Heap

Windsor Cyclist


From: jeff ibbotson [mailto:president at bfa.asn.au] 
Sent: Wednesday, 29 August 2007 1:32 AM
To: gheap at bigpond.net.au
Cc: bje at air.net.au; Alex Unwin; richard.birdsey at environment.nsw.gov.au
Subject: federal election HEAT proposal




As Alex indicated in his recent email we are seeking some examples in the
Parramatta electorate of local govt cycling infrastructure projects that
would be suitable for the feds to fund under the under the infrastructure
proposal (HEAT) that the cycling sector is pushing for the coming election.


As the Parramatta electorate is maginal, and has a keen cyclist MP already,
Julie Owens ALP, it might be a good way to generate some infrastructure for
the area and spome publicity for the proposal in general.


Can you or other Camwesties help us put up a sample infrastructure project?

Would the Toongabbie Creek Regional Cycleway be suitable, or is there a
better project that has been worked up but remains unfunded?  it needs to be
a project that local govt would build, rather than RTA.


It also needs to be in the Parra electorate, which covers Wharf Rd Ermington
in the east to Girraween Creek, Toongabbie in the west and from North Rocks
Rd Carlingford in the north to the M4 Motorway in the south. The main
suburbs include Carlingford, Dundas, Dundas Valley, Ermington, Girraween,
Harris Park, North Parramatta, North Rocks, Northmead, Oatlands, Old
Toongabbie, Parramatta, Pendle Hill, Rosehill, Rydalmere, Telopea,
Toongabbie, Wentworthville, Westmead and Winston Hills. 

there's a map at http://www.aec.gov.au/profiles/p/parramatta.htm


The HEAT proposal can be downloaded from
www.vote4cycling.com.au/intro/?IntCatId=36 It includes 3 sample projects.
As it's a hefty file to email, I've copied the summary below and attached a
sample we worked up with Dubbo BUG.


what we like you to do at this stage is:

- identify a suitable project

- prepare a 2 page summary based on the other samples we've worked up.

Ben Eliston is help edit the examples we're collecting around the country,
and can help edit yours.  We'll cover laising with ministers and shadow

Later we can dicsuss with you how we can promote the proposal in the


if you can help pls reply all.





Jeff Ibbotson
President, Bicycle Federation of Australia
Tel: 02 6281 5920 h 0427 755 920 m
president at bfa.asn.au





Some Problems Facing Australia

All Australians are facing a range of challenges that impact on their
health, quality of life in our communities and ability to move around in an
affordable and sustainable manner. Issues such as obesity, increases in
motor vehicle traffic and climate change are complex, expensive to address
and the solutions difficult to implement when the solutions require action
across a range of government portfolio areas. 

Obesity costs Australia $21 billion annually. A 30 minute bike trip each day
provides all the exercise needed to halve the chance of becoming obese or
diabetic. Traffic congestion costs the Australian economy $9.4 billion each
year. Encouraging people to replace some of their short trips by bicycle is
a cost effective way to reduce congestion. The Australian community is
becoming increasingly aware of the issue of climate change. Reducing car use
is a practical way of lessening greenhouse gas emissions. Almost 50% of
trips in Australian cities are less than 5km - many of these trips could be
made by bicycle.

A Practical Solution

Improved cycling and walking infrastructure can be a practical solution to
tackle climate change; reduce activity related diseases such as obesity and
diabetes; decrease traffic congestion; and provide a viable transport option
for short trips. 

Policy Proposal

The Australian cycling sector proposes that the Federal Government
establishes an infrastructure funding program of $50 million each year for
four years for local government to build cycling and walking facilities.

The program would fund significant, high-quality cycling and walking
infrastructure projects, providing health, transport, environment and
community benefits across urban, regional and rural areas.

Demonstrated Need

Local governments have seen increased demand for cycling facilities and many
are struggling financially to keep up with this and other demands on their
resources. This program would enable councils to implement their bike plans
sooner, providing practical choices for their local community and visitors. 

Implementing the National Cycling Strategy

This proposal is consistent with the priorities of the National Cycling
Strategy, which has been endorsed by all Federal, State and Territory
transport ministers. Priority 3 of the strategy states "Improved provision
of infrastructure and facilities for cycling including cycling networks,
end-of-trip facilities and directional signage will encourage more people to
cycle. Australian, state, territory and local governments will play
complementary roles in the creation of cycling infrastructure and



             Dundullimal Reserve Cycleway Extension, Dubbo, NSW

Dubbo City Council
Federal electorate: Parkes

Description of the Project

A 5km walking track and cycle-way extension of the Tracker Riley Cycleway
to the Western Plains Zoo.  It would complete a scenic loop back into Dubbo
from the Zoo via the National Trust’s Dundullimal Homestead and across the
Macquarie River near the railway bridge.

[bridge photo goes here]

The Benefits

The project would bring a range of benefits:

    • Recreation – completing the loop will increase the value of the
      Tracker Riley Cycleway enhancing its utility as a safe, healthy and
      enjoyable facility for the Dubbo’s community of nearly 40,000 to
      exercise, to walk or ride bicycles or just to enjoy the scenery.
      Dubbo’s two cycle shops have sold about 1,000 bicycles in the last 12
      months.  This facility will get those bikes ridden more often, as only
      regular exercise will counter high levels of obesity (especially
      amongst children) and heart disease.
    • Tourism – The scenic loop would encourage more visitors to ride to
      Western Plains Zoo.  Dundullimal accessed, They could then easily ride
      on to Dundullimal, the National Trust’s historic 1840s homestead,
      would be easier to get to as the path will be next to its entrance
      road.  The ride back into town would cross the Macquarie River next to
      a heritage railway bridge.
    • Local business – local bike hire bike servicing and sales, cafes and
      other food outlets will all benefit.  Dubbo accommodation would
      benefit from visitors staying longer.
    • Staff at the Zoo and other sites along the route will benefit from the
      healthy option of riding to work.
    • The project would also be a lasting and useable monument to the people
      who helped open up and develop the region.

Status of the Project

Dubbo Council supports the project and has been put aside $100,000 for
engineering reports and feasibility studies.  Council favours a concrete
path. A concrete surface provides greater amenity for users and lower
maintenance costs.  However, bridging the Macquarie River for walkers and
riders would take more money than councils like Dubbo have at their

Federal funding would make this proposal a reality.

[map goes here]

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