Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport link

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre has been campaigning for a safe, direct off-road bike and walking path along the rail corridor between Sutherland and Cronulla since 2006. An announcement approving the path was made in 2015, but the work to implement the full path was delayed.

In 2021 the NSW government suddenly back-peddled on the planned route for the Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport Link (SCATL), shortening it to end at Woolooware instead of Cronulla mall and moving it from alongside the rail corridor to busy roads, which would have forced users to cross hundreds of driveways and major intersections. The rationale behind this decision made no sense. It didn’t provide a better or safer route for cyclists and walkers. 

A substantial public outcry to these attrocious alterations caused State government to reassess its choice of route. However, recent news indicates that they are ruling out the use of the rail-corridor and the few changes in routing that they have revealed will fail to meet their own safety and design standards and be unable to accommodate a high volume of users. In short, it is very important that we keep speaking up for this critical infrastructure to be built properly so that it can serve the needs of the community.

The population of the Shire is growing and with it, a real need for transport options that don’t add more cars to our already choked roads. Please help make a safe, efficient and pleasant active transport path from Sutherland to Cronulla a reality by signing and sharing our petition asking State government to build the route alongside the rail corridor as promised.

The Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport Link is meant to function as the spine of a growing active transport network for the Shire, helping to ease the traffic congestion that is driven by the NSW government’s rampant approval of high-density housing.  Call on State government to honor it’s promise and build a high-quality active transport route that will entice people to use it.

Have Your Say

1. Please 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 – see contact details and suggested points

Background

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 advocacy to achieve this badly needed infrastructure for Shire residents.

We were so pleased in May 2015 when 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 promised that at Kirrawee, the path would move into the rail corridor and continue mainly within it for the next 5km to Caringbah.

Sutherland Shire Council even 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.

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.

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.

Now the NSW State government have back-peddled on their support.

For more information please contact the SCATL Convenor Kirsten Dalton c/- office@ssec.org.au

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