Media Releases

These are recent media releases related to my electorate of Murrumbidgee.

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All paths lead to Woden

December 12, 2017

Work to improve the Woden Town Centre active travel network hit a milestone today, with all main works now complete in time for residents to get active as the summer season kicks into gear.

The Woden Town Centre Active Travel Improvements project was developed from the recommendations of the Woden Town Centre Master Plan 2015 and is aligned with the ACT Government’s commitment to revitalise Canberra’s major centres.

“The ACT Government is working to rejuvenate Woden Town Centre by investing in high quality public spaces and places and active travel infrastructure,” Local Member Chris Steel MLA said on behalf of Minister for Transport and City Services, Meegan Fitzharris.

“We want to encourage active lifestyles in Canberra’s major centres by providing inviting and appropriate active travel infrastructure in Woden Town Centre.

Two upgrades have been delivered as part of this project: the Easty Street link and the Matilda Street separated cycleway (Woden’s first separated cycle path), which complete the eastern Active Travel link into the Town Centre.

The upgrades include:

  • Matilda Street (from Callam Street to Bowes Street)
    • widening and upgrading of the northern verge to accommodate a two-way separated cycleway and a new concrete path for pedestrians
    • landscape strip of trees and shrubs to separate the paths
    • new zebra crossing on Bowes Street
  • Easty Street link
    • 2.5 metre path between Callam Street and Eddison Park
    • 2 metre path along the eastern verge of Easty Street
    • new kerb ramps for crossing Easty Street

Mr Steel said that these upgrades are part of the ACT Government’s continued commitment to the regeneration of Woden Town Centre and thanked Canberrans for their patience during construction.

“These works will improve access and ease of use for cyclists and pedestrians visiting Woden Town Centre and will encourage more people to make cycling and walking their first choice of transportation, which in turn will lead to a healthier and more active Canberra community.

“As more people begin to live in Woden Town Centre, these upgrades will help provide people with the ability to get around the Town Centre on their feet and their bikes, to work and school, to the shops and to their homes.”

“Thank you to all Canberrans for their patience during construction over the last few months. I encourage everyone to jump on their bikes or put on their walking shoes and get out and about and enjoy the improved active travel initiatives being implemented throughout Canberra.”