Mike was joined by Senator Penny Wong, Minister for Finance and Deregulation to announce that a re-elected Rudd Labor Government would provide $650,000 towards the development of a duel pedestrian/cyclist path along the Healesville Freeway Reserve. The project would help ensure the Reserve is kept for community use and would strengthen links between local schools, families and community groups.
The new bike path, which would run between Springvale Road and Boronia Road, will link three local schools: Parkmore Primary School, Vermont Secondary College and Emmaus College. Securing the future of the Healesville Freeway Reserve is ‘number one’ on the Whitehorse Council’s list of local priorities and is supported by the majority of residents in the area.
Mike wants the Healesville Freeway Reserve to be available for the community to enjoy, not sold off like the Liberal State Government wants to do.
The project would be delivered through the Federal Government’s Liveable Communities program which supports local projects that build stronger, more prosperous communities.The funding for this program is already included in the budget.