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World-class trail around Homebush Bay

11 July 2017 | Council

A network of world-class walking, running and cycling paths around Homebush Bay will be realised thanks to a partnership between City of Canada Bay, City of Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Roads and Maritime Services.

Like famous outdoor facilities, Sydney’s Bondi to Coogee and High Line in New York, the Homebush Bay Circuit will provide visitors with water views and information on sites of significance along with local flora and fauna, attracting both local residents and tourists alike.

“With a growing number of residents living around Homebush Bay, the project will provide the perfect recreational outlet and open outdoor space for all ages both now and into the future,” City of Canada Bay Mayor Helen McCaffrey said. 

“The circuit will be for everyone whether they want to go for a nice stroll, run or bike ride, along with local walking groups to maintain their fitness and health,” she said.Sydney Olympic Park Authority CEO Charles Moore said the Park’s involvement in the project was a natural fit. 

“The development of this link will provide easy access to the Sydney Olympic Park precinct and the significant opportunities for health and fitness we offer,” Mr Moore said.

“Sydney Olympic Park prides itself on providing outstanding recreational opportunities and this circuit is an example of us working with our regional partners to deliver a significant outdoor project to the community”  

Along with the health and fitness benefits, City of Parramatta Administrator, Amanda Chadwick said the project will benefit the region socially and economically by better linking Sydney Olympic Park to Parramatta Park, connecting communities between the circuit and enabling visitors to enjoy the many cafes, restaurants and shops just moments away.   

“This is a win for those seeking a beautiful space to enjoy the great outdoors, our local businesses, and communities who will now be connected by active transport links,” she said.

In coming weeks, residents and visitors along with special interest groups will be invited to help shape the plans by providing input on how they want to use the circuit and what should be incorporated in the final Master Plan. Drop-in sessions will be held on 21-23 July around the route. Alternatively input can be provided online. 

Input is sought on both the circuit routes and the wayfinding strategy, which it is hoped will provide circuit-users with an opportunity to learn about the region’s rich history and other cultural aspects. 

Parts of the circuit have already been constructed, other sections need upgrading, while some parts are yet to be built.  The State Government, under the Roads and Maritime Services 2016/17 Active Transport program, has provided funding for a wayfinding strategy and masterplan to kick-start the exciting project.

The masterplan and wayfinding strategy will provide a comprehensive guide to future development of the circuit.

The Canada Bay Bicycle User Group, BayBug, has welcomed the project. BayBug secretary, Geoff Ashton said the circuit proposal has the potential to provide Wentworth Point and Rhodes recreational riders with a great off-road experience.

“This is particularly important for those who have just taken up cycling or families riding together,” he said.

To find out more about the project and to complete the community consultation online survey visit one of the partner websites:  City of Canada Bay, City of Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park. 

Onsite consultation dates and locations:

  • Friday 21 July from 10am to 2pm at Sydney Olympic Park Educational Centre, Bicentennial Drive, Sydney Olympic Park
  • Saturday 22 July from 10am-2pm at Wentworth Point, Footbridge Boulevard between Waterways Street and Wentworth Place
  • Sunday 23 July from 6am to 10am at The Connection, Rhodes, 34 Shoreline Drive. 

Alternatively, have your say by completing the online survey  

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