Walking and cycling is set to get safer and simpler in the Upper Lachlan Shire after securing funding through the $117 million the Get NSW Active program.

Get NSW Active provides funding for local projects that encourage vibrant centres and liveable neighbourhoods through the creation of street environments that prioritise walking and cycling.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the funding would go towards strengthening active transport in the community, making it easier for people to get from A to B in a way that doesn’t always involve getting in the car.

“Not only does active transport give people options on how they want to get around, but it really lifts community spirit to see families, groups and individuals walking and cycling around,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“The projects that have been funded include $150,000 for Saxby & Warrataw Street Footpath in Gunning and $185,000 for Carrington & Northcott Street Footpath in Crookwell.

Mayor Pam Kensit welcomed the investment.

“I’m delighted that the NSW Government continues to support rural and regional Councils with such important infrastructure.”

“Members of our community will soon see these projects come to life and reap the very real benefits of an area that has a strong active transport infrastructure pipeline.”

The projects will now be progressed and delivered by local council.

Minister for Active Transport Rob Stokes said the third and final tranche of the 2022 program would see $77 million in funding for 161 projects across 45 councils. 

“NSW is leading the nation when it comes to investment in new active transport infrastructure, building better footpaths and bike lanes in our cities and regions,” Mr Stokes said. 

“More than $18 million has been committed to projects in Western Sydney and $20 million in regional NSW, where we’re seeing a growing demand for infrastructure that helps people walk and cycle safely. 

“For children, older people, parents pushing prams or people with disabilities – a street without a footpath isn’t an inconvenience – it’s a barrier to moving freely in public space. That’s why we’ve already opened applications for Get NSW Active 2023 and we’re encouraging all councils to apply now.”  

Get NSW Active 2022 received 474 applications from councils across the state with 158 regional projects receiving funding. More than $200 million has already been allocated to more than 400 projects over the past five years.