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03
Aug
2018

Liberals to find better route for bike paths

Today Liberal Opposition Leader Matthew Guy MP along with Andrew Katos MP and Liberal Candidate for Geelong, Freya Fidge visited High Street, Belmont and met with businesses and shoppers to see firsthand the route for bike paths in High Street.

After Andrew Katos MP presented 2735 signatures to Parliament, signed by shoppers, residents and traders as well as cyclists, it was clear that this proposed bike lanes for High Street are not needed nor welcomed along this street.

That is why announced today, under an elected Liberal National Government in November there would be a full consultation process on a new route.

Unlike the Andrews Labor Government and their missing in action local MP, Christine Couzens MP; the Liberal Nationals will still allow the TAC to fund this project if a new route is chosen.

Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy acknowledged that the community have spoken on this issue and quite clearly have indicated that there needs to be a clear plan and proposal looked at using other routes.

The City of Greater Geelong have indicated that under the funding agreement with TAC they will only receive the funding for the bike path provided the bike path route only goes along High Street.

This is creating anger and confusion among High Street traders and shoppers who fear losing vital on-street, short-term car parking, which will adversely affect businesses and access for residents to shop in High Street, Belmont, thus changing the character and landscape of this unique shopping strip.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:

 

“The Liberals will deliver a common sense solution for Belmont traders, shoppers and riders.

Let’s be clear – no one is against bike paths, we just don’t want them in High Street. An alternative route that actually would be used is not only more preferable but just makes sense.”

 

Comments attributable to Shadow Assistant Minister for Geelong, Andrew Katos:

“I have been working closely with shoppers, traders, residents and cyclists of High Street Belmont to put pressure on Daniel Andrews to direct TAC to allow for an alternative route to be found for these bike paths.

“This could all be better planned if Daniel Andrews and Christine Couzens simply directed TAC to remove their restrictive funding arrangement.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Geelong, Freya Fidge:

“High Street Belmont has been a hub for Belmont, Highton and Grovedale residents for many years – and we want to continue to see this unique strip flourish – something these paths simply will change.”

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