GreenWay Wins at Greater Sydney Planning Awards

GSC Awards 2017

Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts, Chief Commissioner Lucy Turnbull AO, Friend of the GreenWay spokesperson Jennifer Kent, and GreenWay Place Manager Nick Chapman.

The GreenWay has won the “Great Community Led Project” section at the inaugural Greater Sydney Planning Awards last night which may provide useful leverage in the future. Congratulations to Nick who wrote the submission when under great pressure. It is a wonderful acknowledgement of the community’s commitment to this wonderful project.

Thanks to Jamie Parker MLA and the Petersham Bowling Club, the $1000 prize money has been secured for this year’s community photography prize.
In another development, a small parcel of land with an unclear title record, near Lewisham West Light Rail Station, is now owned by the Inner West Council.  It is being incorporated into plans for the GreenWay.  It is anticipated that the building of the missing links round the Lewisham West will commence in 2018.

We’re holding a Dulwich Hill stall!

The Friends of the GreenWay group is pleased to announce that it is going to have a stall at the Dulwich418463_367478969950039_1830685756_n Hill Village Fair on Sunday, September 14, 2014.

Please come along and visit on the day, or better still, volunteer and help us out inside the stall.

We’re going to be talking to people about our campaign, including the interesting new plans to fill in missing links in the GreenWay walking, cycling and biodiversity trail between Sydney Harbour and the Cooks River.

We’re also going to have fun social media activities for people to show their support for the GreenWay. All  volunteers will enjoy meeting new like-minded people and be given information and assistance alongside other GreenWay campaign veterans.

If you would like to volunteer for our stall, please contact Jennifer Kent on mhcdi1@bigpond.com or 0417 044 618.

To find out more details about the Dulwich Hill Village Fair, go to http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/outandabout/events/dulwich-hill-community-fair/

Are You Ready To Brainstorm The GreenWay?

Ashfield Council Buildings

Ashfield Council Buildings

The next GreenWay Steering Committee Meeting on June 2nd at Ashfield Council Chambers will be be followed by a community consultation.

From 5.30 to 7.30 on Monday 2nd June we will brainstorm ideas on how to progress the GreenWay.  One of the original planning documents from 2009 has been discovered, and we are pleased to see that many of the original GreenWay objectives have been achieved – but we need fresh ideas on how to maintain momentum.

To make the whole of the GreenWay vision a reality, we need your ideas, so please join us for this important event.  Food and drink will be provided and there is parking available.

Welcome light rail opening should give green light to GreenWay

THE opening of the inner-west light rail extension presented a golden opportunity to begin work on a long-awaited walking and cycling route alongside the tram corridor, the Friends of the GreenWay group said today.

The NSW Government today opened the light rail line extension from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill.

The government scrapped previously approved plans for a 5km GreenWay alongside the light rail extension, arguing that it could delay the light rail project.

Friends of the GreenWay spokesperson Jennifer Kent said that the welcome opening of the light rail line would now help everyone focus on the best way to deliver a GreenWay.

See our media release at light rail opening 270314

Government’s strategy provides just a glimmer of hope for GreenWay

Just six days before Christmas, as people’s interest was focussed on preparing for Christmas and the January holidays, the NSW Government quietly published its much-awaited cycling strategy for Sydney. Called Sydney’s Cycling Future, the document was jointly launched by Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian and Roads Minister Duncan Gay.

The document provides a little glimmer of hope for the GreenWay – but not much. This is the high-level strategy which the government said was required when it announced the “deferral” of the GreenWay way back in September 2011.

There are a number of problems with the document. For instance, the strategy says the focus of new cycle paths will be on areas that are within five kilometres of major centres and public transport interchanges. However, this seems to fly in the face of the long-held concept under the last three Metropolitan Strategies (from 2005 to 2013) to create cross-Sydney regional recreational trails which link a variety of centres (one of which is the GreenWay). Smaller trips are great but the solutions shouldn’t end there. There are infrastructure and environmental corridors right across our city (the GreenWay has both of these features) which should be used to encourage people to ride both short and longer distances.

Secondly, the document is vague and confusing. For instance, page 16 of Sydney’s Cycling Future outlines the proposed actions for Sydney’s Inner West. This includes unclear commitments to “upgrade connections to Anzac Bridge” which will “create new links to residential areas including Summer Hill, Lewisham and Lilyfield”. The only specific mention of the GreenWay is that the government will “work with councils on other sections, such as the southern section of the GreenWay” – which sounds like code for “making local councils pay for the GreenWay”.

These words are alongside a very small regional-scale map which doesn’t make it any clearer what routes will be upgraded and how this will be achieved.

Finally, the document is inconsistent with this government’s own vision. For instance, the Long-Term Transport Masterplan, which was released in late 2012, said that the Cooks River to White Bay link (which
includes the GreenWay) is a “medium term” cycling route priority – see page 364  at http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/b2b/publications/nsw-transport-masterplan-final.pdf Yet, in Sydney’s Cycling Future (which is meant to implement the aims of the Masterplan) this route name doesn’t get a mention at all. Why doesn’t Sydney Cycling Future simply tell us how Cooks River to White Bay will be implemented. It is all very confusing.

All in all, it is another disappointing effort. In the last few days, we’ve seen a bold vision released for London to use the airspace above
railway lines for cross-city cycling routes and another vision for Hamburg to use regional-cycling routes to create a car-free city. It is jaw-dropping, transformative stuff which is completely lacking in Sydney’s Cycling Future.

The sole upside is that the document actually references the GreenWay, and not surprisingly, says the uncompleted southern end is the priority.  To read more, see how the document was covered (and slammed) by the SMH.