Further to our blog last week on the Cooks River to White Bay link, it’s now emerged that Transport for NSW has placed community consultation about the link on-hold. Consultants for Transport for NSW have cancelled two proposed briefings of the GreenWay Steering Committee and other stakeholders.
Apparently, Transport for NSW will first be concentrating on a ‘demand study’ for the Cooks River to White Bay walking and cycling path. This study will not involve consultation but will be a “strategic academic exercise” and is expected to happen towards the end of the year. Depending on the recommendations of the study, further planning work will be undertaken.
It must be said that this development is somewhat disappointing. Without community consultation, it’s not clear how a true “demand” study can be undertaken.
We want to be hopeful, but it is hard when there is so little information emerging about what is going on and when meetings are being cancelled and sudden changes being made to the approach to this issue.