Thanks to a partnership between City of Canada Bay, City of Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Roads and Maritime Services, a network of world-class walking, running and cycling paths around Homebush Bay will be created.
Inspired by famous outdoor facilities like Sydney’s Bondi to Coogee and High Line in New York, the Homebush Bay Circuit will not only provide health and fitness benefits to both local residents and tourists, but it also a an opportunity for people to learn about the region’s rich history and other cultural aspects.
The circuit will provide users with not only fantastic water views but also information on significant local sites and the diverse local flora and fauna in the area . “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 in a statement.
“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.”
City of Parramatta Administrator, Amanda Chadwick, said the project will benefit the region socially and economically by better linking communities within Sydney Olympic circuit and making it easier for 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 a statement.
To provide a comprehensive guide to future development of the circuit, 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 Canada Bay Bicycle User Group, BayBug, has welcomed the news. BayBug secretary, Geoff Ashton said the circuit proposal has the potential to provide Wentworth Point and Rhodes recreational riders with a great recreational experience.
“This is particularly important for those who have just taken up cycling or families riding together,” he said.
Residents and visitors along with special interest groups are invited to provide their input online.
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: www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au, City of Parramatta: www.cityofparramtta.nsw.gov.au or Sydney Olympic Park: www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au.
Alternatively, have your say by completing the online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/