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The Moruya South Head Cycle/Pathway Missing Link is still ..missing


Since 2000 the Moruya South Head Cycle/Pathway Committee, community members and Council have been working together to provide a safe off-road shared pathway at South Head and Moruya township ends. The original goal was to provide a safe off-road shared pathway from Moruya to South Head. 4.4kms have been achieved so far through volunteer efforts, fundraising, community support and grants have been received from Council, State and Federal Governments. There is only 2.6kms to go - the missing link from Keightly Street, Moruya to The Anchorage, South Head.

Mr John Seltenrych said: "We have always had considerable community support for the Moruya South Head Cycle/Pathway Project. We are not getting any younger and look forward to been able to pour footpaths again."

Moruya South Head Cycle/Pathway Committee acknowledge Councils considerable support for the Moruya South Head Cycle/Pathway Project. They heartedly support the two recommendations in the Eurobodalla Pathways Strategy Appendices but would like Council to keep the missing link in the Strategy

Eurobodalla Pathway Strategy A1-25 (below)

Recommendations 1. A shared pathway be provided along South Head Road, South Head from Halyard Drive to the Anchorage.

2. A shared pathway be provided along Pedro Point Road, South Head from the caravan park to Charles Moffitt Drive.

Eurobodalla Shire Councillor, Deputy Mayor Anthony Mayne said: "It was wonderful to join some of the "shovel ready" members of the South Moruya Bike Path Committee keen to continue the shared pathway to Moruya South Head. It is clear in speaking with the community and reviewing Pathway Strategy submissions, that the "missing link" on South Head Road remains an important project. Danielle Brice is to be commended for her ongoing work and commitment to our Shire, including this exciting shared pathway."

Danielle Brice will be attending the 27 June Council Meeting to ask Councillors to keep The MSHC/P missing link in the Eurobodalla Pathways Strategy 2017. "I feel this is my last chance to speak to this important project that I have nurtured for the last 9 years." Mrs Brice said.

Mrs Brice lost her youngest son, Chris, in a tragic pedestrian accident along South Head Road on 08/08/08. Chris' friends presented a petition to Council to continue the safe off-road shared pathway from Moruya to South Head - Project 08/08/08. Danielle continues to campaign for road safety.


Above: left to right

Moruya South Head Cycle/Pathway Committee Trailer and shovels ready:

Danielle Brice, Eurobodalla Shire Councillor, Deputy Mayor Anthony Mayne, John Seltenrych - President Moruya South Head Cycle/Pathway Committee, Jim Purss, member Moruya South Head Cycle/Pathway Committee.


Above: The Moruya South Head Cycle/Pathway Trailer

Below are Page 1 and 2 of the Eurobodalla Pathways Strategy Appendices Eurobodalla Pathway Strategy A1-24 South Head - Congo Existing Facilities  South Head shared pathway from The Anchorage to Moruya Surf Club.  On-road cycling from South Head to Moruya. Comment South Head has a number of attractions including the boat ramp, caravan, shop, popular beaches and surf club. The community have worked pro-actively with Council, contributing funds and undertaking works to help provide a shared path from The Anchorage to the shop on Charles Moffitt Drive, South Head. The shared pathway on South Head Road may be able to be extended to Halyard Drive. This would be subject to investigation of land acquisition and environmental approvals. The extension of an off-road shared pathway along Pedro Point Road from the caravan park back to the existing pathway network at Charles Moffitt Drive, would connect this important tourism accommodation to the shop, and provide a pathway connection back to the patrolled swimming beach. Completion of the shared pathway between South Head and Moruya township was advocated by residents during the public submission period. Council acknowledges there is some community support for this proposal. The construction of an off-road link will be a high cost relative to other projects due to the length, numerous physical, environmental and land tenure challenges, along with the construction of the actual pathway. This project would also mandatorily require a full environmental impact statement to cross the wetlands on the route. South Head Road between Moruya and South Head has been constructed with wide sealed shoulders to improve the safety of on-road cycling with appropriate signposting added to highlight cyclists using the road. Many of these cyclists are road cyclists who tend to ride on the road regardless of the presence of an off-road pathway. Within the town limits where pedestrian movements are frequent, off-rad shared pathways have already been constructed. Due to the numerous other higher priority pathways across Eurobodalla, the high cost to achieve an off-road pathway and the anticipated low usage of this link by pedestrians, the pathway link between Moruya and South Head is not included within this Eurobodalla Pathway Strategy 2017. Grant opportunities will be focussed on other pathways within this strategy in preference to the link to South Head noting the pathway strategy includes $11.7m of works, with a ten year funding projection from Council of $3.5m. The Moruya to South Head off-road linkage will be reconsidered when the pathways strategy is next reviewed in five years.

Eurobodalla Pathway Strategy

A1-25

Refer Appendix 3 for maps of existing and proposed pathways.

Recommendations (Map 18)

1. A shared pathway be provided along South Head Road, South Head from Halyard Drive to the Anchorage.

2. A shared pathway be provided along Pedro Point Road, South Head from the caravan park to Charles Moffitt Drive.

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