The North-West Coastal Pathway project in Tasmania has achieved another milestone with all nine local councils backing the project.
The decision on Wednesday at a meeting of the Cradle Coast Authority – the regional body controlled by the North-West Councils – comes just weeks after a multi-million-dollar deal to construct a section of the pathway between Burnie and Wynyard.
Those two decisions have confirmed the pathway as a major economic and tourism asset for the region, more than a decade after it was first proposed by the Cradle Coast Authority.
The Burnie-Wynyard link will be jointly funded by the Burnie and Waratah-Wynyard councils and the State Government, to the tune of $3.7 million.
The unanimous council decision means there will be extra resources available to have the pathway fully engineered, costed, and pushed as a state and federal government election funding priority.
The state election is due in March next year.
The pathway, when completed, will stretch from Wynyard in the west to Port Sorell and Latrobe in the east and will be marketed as one of Australia’s great coastal riding and walking experiences.