A re-elected Liberal National Government will invest $2 million to deliver the ‘missing link’ shared pedestrian and bike path between Somerville and Baxter.
The proposed route will begin at Frankston-Flinders Road in Somerville, travel north up Hawkins Road and Fultons Road, connecting to the existing path at Golf Links Road.
This infrastructure will enable cyclists from the Peninsula to join up with existing path networks through to Melbourne and for Baxter residents to have an uninterrupted path to the Western Port Trail.
Liberal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP said the funding would provide greatly improved accessibility for the local community.
“The Mornington Peninsula is a very active community and we know the advantages of helping each and every Australian to find their 30 minutes of physical activity a day,” Mr Hunt said.
“This bike and pedestrian path will connect two of the Peninsula’s busiest towns, providing locals with a safe path to exercise and to get from town to town.
“It will also complete the missing link, creating an interconnected path network across South East Melbourne.
“The Liberal National Government is investing $2 million for this path, in partnership with the Mornington Peninsula Shire, to deliver this vital local infrastructure for the community.”
This is a wonderful opportunity to complete the missing bike path link, joining Baxter and Somerville to the existing Bay Trail,” Watson Ward Councillor Julie Morris said. “The community have long needed this path to enhance cycle safety on some of our busiest roads.”
“This funding commitment will assist to construct this missing link and enhance community safety and tourism on the Mornington Peninsula.”