2021 State Election | WA Liberals make commitment on cycling growth

Vasse MLA Libby Mettam with members from the Cape Mountain Bikers Inc. Photo supplied.
Vasse MLA Libby Mettam with members from the Cape Mountain Bikers Inc. Photo supplied.

The WA Liberals were out in force on Sunday to announce its commitment towards cycling infrastructure.

The Wadandi Track was just one highlight within the party's announcement for the area.

If the WA Liberals are elected, they have promised $81 million for a plan to support the growth of cycling which includes $10 million for the Wadandi Track.

As part of the opposition's promise the Vasse to Dunsborough bike path will be extended to Yallingup with a $5 million commitment.

Another piece of funding will go towards mountain bike trails in Whicher with the commitment of $500,000.

Vasse MLA Libby Mettam said it was a comprehensive plan which would benefit many West Australians.

"Part of our commitment includes the Wadandi track, Dunsborough to Yallingup dual use path extension and the Whicher Range mountain bike trails.

"We have committed $10 million to complete the entire Wadandi track from Busselton to Augusta, showcasing the heritage of the former Busselton to Flinders Bay Railway.

"The path between Cowaramup and Witchcliffe is already enjoyed by cyclists and walkers and the completion of the former railway line will create a world-class track through natural bushland, vineyards and farmland.

"There has been large community support to extend dual use pathway from Dunsborough to Yallingup, which promotes an active and healthy lifestyle for residents and visitors to this popular destination.

"This is a valuable next step in the Busselton to Dunsborough Dual Path delivered under the previous Liberal led government.

"Mountain bike riding is a thriving recreational activity and our commitment will see Whicher Range develop mountain bike trail access for the benefit of conservation, recreation and tourism interests.

"The 2016 Trail Adoption Agreement between Cape Mountain Bikers and DBCA was an important step forward in the sanctioning of these trails and the protection of the flora and fauna but this has been blocked by the current McGowan government.

"These exciting trails at Whicher will complement the current trails in Dunsborough, Margaret River and Middle Earth."