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Path networks growing in south of Augusta-Margaret River shire

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Rachael Bayley takes in the new Augusta path.
Camera IconRachael Bayley takes in the new Augusta path. Credit: Supplied

The region’s bicycle and walking path network is growing, with the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River crowing about the completion of its keenly anticipated Hillview Road shared path this week.

Acting shire president Tracey Muir said the shared path filled the “missing link” in the path network around Augusta, with the Hillview path connecting Augusta’s town centre to Westbay Valley Estate.

“(State Government) funding goes a long way in assisting the Shire to connect older and newer infrastructure across our community,” Cr Muir said.

“It also has a positive impact on our community, encouraging residents and visitors alike to choose active forms of transport.”

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Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie said the path network supported the increasing number of residents choosing to walk, ride or drive scooters around town.

“It’s important that we have accessible and welcoming infrastructure,” she said.

Meanwhile, WA’s Department of Transport has confirmed it will steer the newly funded $17 million completion of the region’s iconic Wadandi Track.

The track runs from Flinders Bay to Busselton Jetty, measuring 109km once completed.

DoT urban mobility executive director Justin McKirdy said once the four-year project was finished, people would be able to ride the entire distance taking in the scenery.

“Completion of this multipurpose track will improve connectivity between towns and provide a safer, more comfortable and enjoyable experience for people of all ages and abilities,” Mr McKirdy said.

“For locals and visitors alike, it will offer an enriching active travel experience and allow access to native flora and fauna, cultural history and experiences, local tourism destinations as well as endless recreational opportunities.”

As one of the longest continual trails in the country, the Wadandi Track would be upgraded, see refurbished bridges and crossings, and benefit from “cohesive heritage interpretation, signage and wayfinding”, he said.

The project would be delivered in collaboration with the City of Busselton and the Augusta Margaret River Shire and was a core priority in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste 2050 Cycling Strategy.

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