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Prime Minister of Tasmania – Funding for new Kingborough Trail underpass and advice sought on potential Huntingfield Trail route in Margate

October 26, 2022

Michael Ferguson, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport

The Tasmanian Liberal Government will provide funding to Kingborough Council to help build an underpass for the Whitewater Creek Trail at Summerleas Road to improve the local network of walking and cycling trails.

Recognizing the importance of cycling infrastructure, we have committed $2 million in 2021 to help implement the Greater Hobart Commuter Cycling Network Plan. Funding will be made available to Hobart City Deal partner councils – Clarence, Glenorchy, Hobart and Kingborough – through a grant deed scheme.

The Summerleas Road Underpass is a key component of the Whitewater Creek Trail, which has been identified by Hobart City Deal partners as a top priority in the system plan.

Details of the grant scheme are being finalized, with the Liberal Government of Tasmania’s contribution to individual projects expected to be up to half the cost.

By working together, we will help members of the local community get around with much more choice and ease. With this in mind, I am particularly pleased that the Mayor of Kingborough Council, Paula Wriedt, recently confirmed her strong support for the additional T3 transit lane on the South Exit. This project also includes an additional lane through the bottleneck between Davey and Macquarie, and up to the additional lane space in Macquarie Street. We look forward to advancing these initiatives in the near future.

We are also progressing a feasibility study on building a shared-use trail between Huntingfield and Margate and have posted a proposed route for public comment.

The route was identified in the Channel Road Corridor Study as an opportunity to promote active forms of transport and improve safety and connectivity.

The Tasmanian government is working with Kingborough Council to investigate the feasibility of building the track.

The proposed route runs south from Algona Road in Huntingfield, near the Coffee Creek fire trail in the Peter Murrell Reserve, follows Howden Road, then parallels the Channel Highway to Margate.

The trail may connect to other tracks or trails along the route and in Margate. It is also possible to connect it to the new park-and-ride in Huntingfield.

The public can view the proposed route of the trail and provide feedback on the transport website: https://www.transport.tas.gov.au/margatetohuntingfield

Comments can be provided from today until Wednesday, November 9, 2022.

Decisions regarding funding and construction of the trail will be considered once the feasibility study is completed.

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