On 17 May 2022 in the last week of the election campaign, Josh Frydenberg’s office sent Boroondara BUG this media release (PDF)
He promised $5 million dollars for upgrading shared paths and connections in Kooyong and installing some new lighting to improve safety and visibility for users. Works included were:
- $2 million for the Anniversary Trail to construct a new shared path ramp connecting the trail with Mont Albert Road
- $2 million for reconstructing the dangerous Gardiners Creek underpass at Toorak Road (fix silting problems and improve lighting)
- $1 million to improve lighting along the Anniversary/Outer Circle Trail, between the Eastern Freeway and High Street, Kew.
Boroondara BUG supports these improvements.
In particular, the Toorak Road underpass on the Gardiners Creek Trail is very dangerous when it gets silted up with mud after flooding. There is potential for loss of life here if a cyclist loses control in the mud and crashes.
Boroondara BUG is following up with the Dr Monique Ryan MP, the new member for Kooyong, to determine if these funds are available.
Note that no funds were allocated to the Hawthorn to Box Hill trail. We ask whether some of the unspent $65 million for the failed and unnecessary railway station car parks in Kooyong can be used to build this critical cycling corridor.