The NSW government has back-peddled on the planned route for the Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport Link (SCATL). But the new plan doesn’t provide a better route for cyclists and walkers, or a safer means of active transport. Instead, it places cyclists at risk from having to ride alongside major roads and negotiate crossing busy apartment block driveways. The route has also been cut short. It doesn’t even continue to Woolooware and the Cronulla Mall, popular areas with a real need for transport options that don’t add more cars to our already choked roads.
Have Your Say
1. Sign and share this petition asking our politicians to keep their original promise!
2. Contact politicians directly to request that the SCATL route be changed back to what was promised.
We’ve put together some information here to help you provide feedback and ask for a better active transport link in the Shire.
NSW Minister for Transport and Roads – The Hon. Andrew Constance
Mail: GPO Box 5341, Sydney, NSW 2001
Phone: 02 8574 5807
Cronulla – The Hon. Mark Speakman MP
Address: Suite 203, 30 Kingsway, Cronulla, NSW, 2230 (entry via Croydon Street)
Mail: PO Box 125, Cronulla, 2230
Phone: 02 9527 1477
Miranda – Ms Eleni Petinos MP
Address: 577 Kingsway, Miranda, NSW, 2228
Mail: PO Box 510, Miranda, NSW, 1490
Phone: 02 9525 6378
Heathcote – Mr Lee Evans MP
Address: Shops 1 & 2 17 – 23 Station Street, Engadine, NSW, 2233
Mail: PO Box 536, Engadine, NSW, 2233
Phone: 02 9548 0144
Imagine a safe, direct off-road bike and walking path from Sutherland to Cronulla! It’s getting closer… but it needs your help…
Sutherland Shire Environment Centre has been campaigning for a shared path between Sutherland and Cronulla since 2006. We originally suggested that the path be constructed as part of the Cronulla Rail Duplication project. Since that time we have continued to work on achieving this badly needed infrastructure for Shire residents.
Bicycles are the ultimate in clean-energy vehicles, with zero emissions and only a small amount of material required for their construction. Climate change and peak oil are two of the biggest issues we face as a civilisation. Scientists around the world have been ringing alarm bells about these issues for years, and governments are finally starting to take notice. Billions of dollars are being invested in “green cars” and carbon-reduction schemes, yet bicycle promotion and infrastructure remains underfunded in many countries.
In May 2015, the State Government announced plans to support the project, saying the “Government is committed to the planning and design of this walking and cycling path between Sutherland and Cronulla as part of Sydney’s Cycling Future.”
When the original project and route was announced, Transport Minister Andrew Constance and local MPs Mark Speakman, Eleni Petinos, Lee Evans and Melanie Gibbons all supported that the essential SCATL infrastructure be placed inside the rail corridor.
Mr Constance said, at Kirrawee, the path would move into the rail corridor and continue mainly within it for the next 5km to Caringbah. They have now back-peddled on their support.
Sutherland Shire Council also recently purchased 168 Oak Road, Kirrawee in order to create a park – the site is a critical link in the safe off-road shared path between Sutherland and Cronulla along the rail corridor, and we’re very pleased Sutherland Shire Council gave consideration to our submission to incorporate the Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport Link within the new park, allowing the community to access and enjoy this new green space.
Convenor: Tassia Kolesnikow