State MP Fiona Simpson is celebrating a win for the community with the Transport Department’s announcement to scrap the controversial design for the M2M cycleway through Alexandra Headland and go back to the drawing board.
“We must get it right. The news came after I tabled the latest M2M Alex cycleway petition in Parliament with about 2000 signatories asking for a better design,” Ms Simpson said.
“This is exactly what the petition and the majority of the community have called for.
“This is a win for the people and the thousands who campaigned for this design to be reworked due to concerns about visual barriers to the beach, loss of beach-side carparks, and the proposed metal fence up the middle of Alexandra Parade.
“We all want safer pathways for cyclists and walkers through Alexandra Headland. Overwhelmingly the thousands of petitioners rejected the design released on May 6 and wanted a new plan that improved the pathways for cyclists and walkers but with their input.
“A week ago, my colleague Shadow Minister Transport Minister Steve Minnikin committed an LNP Government to keep the money set aside for this project but to redo the design with proper community consultation.
“I’m delighted the State Government has agreed to do that as well which is a good outcome.
“Well done to all the community members, particularly Beach Matters, and the Alexandra Headland Community Association who also work hard to beautify this area.
“Let’s keep Alex great and make it even better with improved pathways for cyclists and walkers but without loss of amenity or loss of safety.”