Sydney's iconic Northern Beaches will be connected by a spectacular coastal walkway and cycleway stretching from Manly to Palm Beach, now made possible with the formation of the Northern Beaches Council.
The newly amalgamated Council will deliver this once in a lifetime project as part of a $32.6 million infrastructure investment partnership with the NSW Government.
Connecting Northern Beaches will deliver two major programs. The first is a $22.3 million program focused on integrating active walking paths and cycleways that link to B-Line transport hubs and services.
The second is a $10.3 million inclusive and active play program featuring the creation of two new major all-abilities playgrounds, upgrades to play areas across the Northern Beaches to make them more inclusive, and $4 million for sporting facilities and surf life saving clubs.
"This linkage brings together the three former council areas as one Northern Beaches community and is the direct result of the creation of the new Council", said Dick Persson AM, Administrator, Northern Beaches Council.
"By removing the administrative boundaries, it has unlocked the potential to interconnect our villages and towns via cycleways, walkways and transport hubs across the region," said Mr Persson.
"It is a significant milestone that brings together the Northern Beaches community promoting lifestyle and recreational choices and making it a world-class visitor destination," said NSW Premier, Mike Baird.
"The B-Line will transform the way people travel across the Northern Beaches. This investment by Transport for NSW in walking and cycling infrastructure will enable people to get to the B-line faster, more efficiently and reduce congestion on the roads," he added.
"This is a generational project which will help create a continuous network of walking and cycling links throughout our community," said Planning Minister and Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes.
"This idea has been floating around for decades but it's never been able to get off the ground due to insufficient funds and boundary issues."
"The community of the Northern Beaches has a strong focus on inclusivity. We will deliver safe and accessible new playgrounds at Manly Dam Reserve and Lionel Watts Reserve in Frenchs Forest, to give every child the chance to enjoy more exciting places to play," Mr Persson said.
In addition, $4 million will be invested in sporting facilities and upgrades to Surf Life Saving Clubs to promote the Northern Beaches as an active, social and inclusive community.
Connecting Northern Beaches has been made possible by the formation of the new Northern Beaches Council and will be delivered in partnership with the NSW Government. Funding is through the NSW Government's Stronger Communities Fund, B-Line Project, Walking & Cycling Program and savings made as a result of the Northern Beaches Council merger.
For more information visit Connecting Northern Beaches.