At the State Government’s $4.8M funding announcement in Ulverstone are (from left) Keith Price, Chair of the Coastal Pathway Steering Committee, CCA Chair Sid Sidebottom, Central Coast Mayor Jan Bonde, and Minister for Human Services, Minister for Housing, Minister for Planning Roger Jaensch.

The State Government’s commitment to the Cradle Coast Coastal Pathway was strongly welcomed by the region’s nine councils today.

“With the respective councils and the Federal Government having both already committed $4.8M each, we are pleased the State Government has pledged the same amount,” Cradle Coast Authority’s (CCA) Chief Representative and Central Coast Mayor Jan Bonde said.

An economic assessment indicates the pathway will increase direct tourism expenditure by $8.5M per annum, create 90 (FTE) construction jobs and 97 (FTE ongoing jobs).

“The Coastal Pathway has been a long-term regional project progressed by our local governments through the CCA and a group of dedicated supporters,” Mayor Bonde said.

“It is a driver for new tourism opportunities and private investment, and for the community, the pathway fosters increased health and wellbeing opportunities.  It also removes barriers for cycling as an alternative to vehicles for travel to work journeys.”

The State Government’s commitment, along with funds already confirmed by the Federal Government and Councils, will see the second last stage of the project come to fruition.

“We particularly thank Premier Will Hodgman, and Ministers Roger Jaensch and Jeremy Rockliff for meeting with the CCA and local supporters and advancing this important regional project,” CCA Chair Sid Sidebottom said.

“The CCA has been in a unique position to progress this project because of its ability to act with and on behalf of its nine-member councils, as well as use its economic, environmental, and tourism skills to promote and design a fully integrated project across a large part of the region.

“By working together, the CCA has secured more than $15m for a project that will connect more than 85,000 residents between Wynyard and Latrobe, as well as present new opportunities for the visitor economy across the region.”