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Intercity Cycleway not affected by survey

The Department of State Growth has commissioned GHD consultants to survey the condition of the rail corridor between Macquarie Point and Glenorchy between 7 June and mid July, but the cycleway shouldn’t be affected by the works.

Cycleway users will notice people checking bridges, tracks, drains, fencing, lighting and other infrastructure, as well as drones operating. The Department has committed to drones being kept 30 metres away from people and that footage will only be kept for the surveying work.

If they do need to use parts of the cycleway they will let us know in advance and we will post it on our Facebook page (, so please like it if you don’t already to get the latest info.

If a specific issue about the works arises for you as a Cycleway user, please contact the project team on 6210 0772 or 

Mt Pleasant Rd track upgrade happening

Kingborough Council is upgrading the track that links Mt Pleasant Road to Kingston View Drive to compacted gravel, including a new kerb ramp at the Kingston View Drive end.

There will be slight detours while the track is being upgraded, but you should still be able to get through.

Waratah–Wynyard Council ticks off settlement strategy

Waratah–Wynyard Council has adopted a Settlement Strategy for its major towns, which includes establishing shared paths, better bike parking and park-and-pedal carparks.

Shared paths would be called greenways and would link the coastal pathway to the centre of Wynyard and Somerset, with the exact routes still to be determined.

The park-and-pedal car parks would be established at Somerset and Doctors Rocks to help people ride into Wynyard and Burnie instead of driving the whole way and secure, undercover bike parking suitable for e-bikes would be built in Wynyard and Somerset. 

Mac Point stairs should help blind corner

Macquarie Point Corporation has announced it will start building a new set of stairs in July from the shared path on Tasman Highway up to the Cenotaph, which should improve sightlines on the current blind corner.

Macquarie Point Chief Executive Officer, Mary Massina, said the work should remove the blind spot for people riding:

“Part of the construction will also involve removing an existing blind spot that is created by the embankment on the corner of the Tasman Highway and the slip road, which will improve visibility for cyclists using the pathway.”

New Wild Mersey Bridge construction begins

Work on Australia’s longest pedestrian/cycle suspension bridge has started, with its final destination over the Mersey River linking the Wild Mersey mountain bike trails between Latrobe and Sheffield.

Tasmanian firm Bridgepro Engineering have taken on the job of building the 100 metre span bridge which will sit about 10 metres above the river’s standard level.

The first bridge that was built over the river was washed away in flooding, and the new bridge will sit about 1 metre above the highest flood level.