5 May 2014
The Federal Member for Bennelong, John Alexander MP, has announced that the Ryde Riverwalk project will go ahead. Joining him for this announcement were Assistant Minister for Infrastructure & Regional Development Hon Jamie Briggs MP and Ryde Mayor Cr Roy Maggio.
“The Ryde Riverwalk was promised by the Gillard Government in July 2010, including a visit by former Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese to Bill Mitchell Park to make the announcement. Three years later, when the 2013 Federal Election was called, the project remained uncontracted. This left local ratepayers in a compromised position as City of Ryde had already spent $330,000 based on Labor’s promise,” John Alexander said.
“Following last year’s Election I made representations to the Deputy Prime Minister requesting the new Federal Government to honour this promise to the people of Bennelong. Despite tough economic conditions the Abbott Government will deliver this infrastructure for our community.”
The Federal Government has committed $1.1 million towards the Ryde Riverwalk project. This infrastructure will provide a recreational pedestrian link from Morrison Bay Park to Looking Glass Bay Park including Bill Mitchell Park and Glades Bay Park.
“The Ryde Riverwalk is part of $11,273,000 in federal funding for the Bennelong region under the Community Development Grants projects, including starting blocks for the Ryde-Carlile Swimming Club, a hall for the North Ryde Dockers, a clubroom upgrade for the Eastwood Ryde Netball Association, the construction of the ARU TG Millner Field Multi-Purpose Community & High Performance Facility, and $50,000 for multi-purpose playing courts in North Epping”, John Alexander said.
“All these facilities will directly improve the health and wellbeing of Bennelong residents. These announcements represent a commitment to deliver on every infrastructure promise I made to the local community during the 2013 Federal Election campaign.”
The Community Development Grants Programme supports necessary infrastructure that promotes stable, secure and viable local and regional economies. The Australian Government is committed to providing long term improvements in social and economic infrastructure for communities across Australia.