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).  The new plan puts cyclists at risk – the path is placed on major roads – among other issues riders have to negotiate crossing busy roads and 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.

The rationale behind this decision makes no sense. It doesn’t provide a better route for cyclists and walkers, it is not safer. 

SCATL was 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.  Removing this safe shared pathway from the train corridor and shunting it onto a busy road is condemning it to failure.

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.

We’ve put together some information here to help you provide feedback and ask for a better active transport link in the Shire. 

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 Tassia Kolesnikow – tassia@ssec.org.au

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