History of the GreenWay Campaign
In September 2011, the State Government announced that it was going to defer the GreenWay shared pathway, which had been approved as part of the scope of works for the light rail project.
The Government committed to delivering the bush corridor component of the GreenWay, and will assist with protecting existing bushcare sites as well as other vegetation which provides important habitat for a range of flora and fauna.
However, the shared pathway connecting the Cooks River Pathway to the Iron Cove Bay Run with a safe, off-road shared pathway for walking and cycling remained a key missing link from the GreenWay vision.
A petition to save the GreenWay has was handed to local MPs on 15 February 2012 by local Mayors and the Friends of the GreenWay. As a result the GreenWay was debated in parliament on the 31 May 2012.
After over 10 years of campaigning by the Inner West community and councils, $24 million in state and local government funding has now been secured to complete the southern section of the GreenWay from Parramatta Road through Lewisham West and Dulwich Hill to the Cooks River. Design and construction of the new 3.2 km shared path is commencing in 2018 and is due for completion in 2021.
The Greater Sydney Commission has identified the GreenWay as the no. 1 priority Green Grid project in the Eastern Sydney District Plan released in March 2018.
Friends of the GreenWay
Friends of the GreenWay is a local community group established to advocate for the GreenWay. The Friends have been very active in undertaking a campaign to save the GreenWay and have worked tirelessly to collect petitions and secure the support of the four partner Councils, and also direct lobbying of the State Government.
For more information or to become a member of Friends of the GreenWay visit their website www.friendsofthegreenway.org.au.
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