The Cooks River to White Bay link: new hope or false dawn?July 14th, 2012 at 14:43
The Inner-West Courier last week gave some hope that the campaign for the GreenWay is having an impact within the NSW Government. It reported that the Transport for NSW website has been updated to state that investigations are underway into an ‘active transport’ corridor between the Cooks River and White Bay.
This corridor makes sense. It involves combining the GreenWay (which runs from Iron Cove to the Cooks River) with the City West cycle link (which proposes using the goods line corridor for a cycle path from Leichhardt to White Bay) There’s a good map here to show how the GreenWay and City West cycle link interact.
Effectively, it would mean a cycle and walking path would follow the goods line corridor all the way from Dulwich Hill to White Bay. Together, these two corridors would run for about 7.5km and provide an almost completely off-road path into the city – linking with the Anzac Bridge and then cycle paths through Pyrmont-Ultimo.
However, what seems like new hope could be a false dawn. The Courier didn’t appear to be able to get a supportive quote from the office of Transport Minister Berejiklian, despite this being a good news story.
Furthermore, on June 25, consultants for Transport for NSW were due to address the GreenWay Steering Committee (made up of the four local councils + community representatives) to talk about the Cooks River to White Bay link. After confirming they would come, the consultants pulled out on the day of the meeting. Committee members who’d previously met the consultants said they were “not across the issues” and couldn’t provide any useful information about the proposal. The committee passed a motion stating it would pass on its concerns about the process to date to Transport for NSW. The formal minutes should be available shortly.
Hopefully, Transport for NSW will be better equipped for this task once it hires some active transport managers (these positions were advertised several weeks ago).
The irony is that, right now, we should be publicly discussing the ‘Cooks River to White Bay’ link with the NSW Government. If it is seriously considering this proposal an off-road route, the government deserves credit. However, unless it begins consultation, we’ll never know.