[CAMWEST-discuss] The Fox Hills 'gap'

Mark Robson Mark.Robson at australwright.com.au
Wed Nov 2 22:48:47 UTC 2011

Hi Jason,

The Roads Minister had finally promised to get us an answer on this gap last year, but the change of state government has seen this promise become nothing; and the new govt seem uninterested; and we have to start again with a new minister. Also this gap is right at the edge of 2 council areas so neither are willing to spend money there.

The good news for us however is that the 'back door' of Pemulwuy is now open to traffic, so from Girraween creek
cyclists can turn RIGHT across the creek at Oklahoma Ave and travel via Metella Avenue ( wide shoulder), Blacktown Rd (good footpath)
and Clunies Ross St( quiet street and some shared path) and the new Wombat Street ( proposed shared path ) and get into Pemulwuy that way. I rode this section with a group of beginners ( my kids ) last weekend and it's perfectly good for any level of cyclist. The Gt Western Hwy can be crossed as a vehicle or as a pedestrian without problems. Blacktown Rd here is fairly quiet.

So even though the dreamed of underpass is still no closer to happening, there is a good through route now that doesn't involve that awful road crossing at Toongabbie Rd/Gt Western Hwy nor that awful and busy on-road kilometre past Fox Hills golf course.

Holroyd Council have also informed us that when the Pemulwuy estate passes 90% completion that is the point when they put pressure on the developer to complete ALL of the public infrastructure such as the shared paths. The M4 underpass would be included in that.

Now that McCoy Park is completed by Parra Council this missing link at Fox Hills is the only gap in a path that would be continuous from the canal to Old Windsor Rd. Both Camwest and the RTA can see regional significance of this gap being completed. Also, Holroyd Council have repeatedly stated their support for this underpass to be built.


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From: camwest-discuss-bounces at nicku.org [mailto:camwest-discuss-bounces at nicku.org] On Behalf Of Dale, Rudy & Jason Doyle
Sent: Wednesday, 2 November 2011 7:02 PM
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Subject: Re: [CAMWEST-discuss] blacktown bicycle map review

Hi Michael,

I meant to reply to this earlier and now I realise it's too late...

I'm interested to see if there's been any progress on the missing link between Fox Hills and Pemulway, joining the cycleway along greystanes creek and Pemulway (which then joins the canal cycleway/prospect reservoir).

Sorry again for the late reply.

Cheers, Jason.

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