The 4.2km path was unveiled on Friday 30 June and provides cyclists and pedestrians with a safe route from the Baldivis town centre to Warnbro Train Station.
Mayor Sammels said the path was strategically placed to link important transport hubs in the area and would be a great benefit to the community.
“This is excellent news for the local Baldivis community, and the wider City of Rockingham,” Mayor Sammels said. “This is a project they have waited a long time for and it will greatly improve the safety of this popular route for pedestrians and cyclists.”
The $3.2 million path has been built in three stages over the past two years and extends along Safety Bay Road between Nairn Drive and Warnbro Train Station. The 2.5m wide path has been built to the Perth Bicycle Network (PBN) standard and will complete the Southern Bike Route as outlined by the Department of Transport, which contributed $1.2 million to the project.
Mayor Sammels congratulated City staff and the contractor on the finished product.
“Preservation of trees and vegetation has been a major consideration throughout the project,” he said. “The City and contractors have worked hard to minimise environmental impact by using sensitive design principles and limiting the construction area to ensure as much of the existing vegetation as possible could be retained. The result is a fantastic piece of infrastructure for our community.”
Premier Mark McGowan, City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels and Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby celebrate the opening of the new principal shared path with Baldivis community members.