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Coastal pathway work comes forth

The Central Coast Council is continuing work on its new section of the Coastal Pathway between Leith and Turners Beach, with work now concentrated on the Forth River Bridge.

Helicopters are being used for the concrete pours for the bridge’s path surface which should be finished by the end of this month, and the full path completed by the end of the year.

Three community sessions are coming up to discuss where the path should continue through Turners Beach to meet the path to Ulverstone. Contact the council for more information: (03) 6429 8900

Thanks to Roger Nichols for sending us these great images of the worksite.

Derwent Ferries introduce fares but bikes still free

All good things they say never last, and so it is with the free rides on the Derwent Ferries with the government announcing that passenger fares will apply from 8 August.

Your bike won't have to pay but you will, using a Greencard it will cost $2.80 full fare, $1.92 concession and $1.52 for children/students.

You'll start to see the card scanners from 18 July and if you tap on them during this introductory period you won't be charged: https://derwentferries.com.au/fares/

New Kingborough underpass link going in

Kingborough Council will install a new underpass under the Huon Highway to link the new path around Kingston Park with the Kingston wetlands between 9 July and 9 August.

The council will close that section of Huon Highway to complete the work, which includes a new roundabout at the end of Goshawk Way – the new road running alongside the park and Kingborough Community Hub.

The underpass will be a handy shortcut to get on to the Channel Highway to Taroona but will also provide a link for future paths, such as one to Kingston Beach. It will land in the car park at the end of the gravel road that runs between the wetlands and shopping centre.

Huon Link road to get shared path

The state government has released designs for a new road that would bypass Huonville and include a shared 2.5 metre path part of its length.

The link road would would run from Main Street, opposite Orchard Avenue, to the intersection of the existing Flood Road and Channel Highway intersection.

The shared path would run from Skinners Creek Track on the existing Flood Road up to Orchard Avenue alongside the new road link.

You can provide comment before 26 July to help inform the more detailed designs that will be the next step in the process.

Break O’Day Council release trail strategy

Break O’Day Council is inviting people to hear more about its draft Recreational Trails Strategy on 22 July in an online session from 3.30 pm to 5 pm: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/draft-recreational-trails-strategy-consultation-do-we-have-right-tickets-371910914557

The council’s lengthy strategy covers all trails in the area, and notes the success of the mountain bike trails and need to maintain these while increasing opportunities for shared use trails in other areas.

Some of the high priority shared use trails suggested include:

  • Swimcart Beach to Binalong Bay – shared use, off-road trail
  • St Marys to Cornwall Rail Trail – build the first 5 km of rail trail of a 20 km disused rail corridor.

You can read the strategy and make a written response by 24 August via www.bodc.tas.gov.au/community/community-consultation/

Hobart surveys e-scooter attitudes

The City of Hobart wants to know what you think of the e-scooters for hire, six months into its one-year trial.

Fill out the online survey before 24 July, which covers whether you have used the scooters, if you support them and what concerns you have: https://yoursay.hobartcity.com.au/e-scooter-trial