2010 - Estimates Committee B (McKim) - Part 1
TRANSPORT AND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
Passenger transport innovation
BETWEEN BEACONSFIELD AND BEAUTY POINT
FINCH - I just want to
come back to the subject of cycling. It was interesting that
your previous ride with the Premier was up to the top of Mount
Wellington and this was a much shorter journey.
McKIM - It has been
unkindly referred to by Minister Green as 'break back mountain'.
FINCH - Yes, but this
time you just headed over to the domain.
McKIM - We did, at
lunchtime today. I am fully oxygenated.
FINCH - It was a much
shorter chat as you covered a lot of the subjects on the way up to
McKIM - We did.
FINCH - And of course you
left your ministerial petrol-guzzling and diesel-guzzling vehicles
McKIM - Yes, I have not
been in that vehicle today.
FINCH - I am wondering
whether you would like to see greater financial support to local
councils to help them develop their trails and their bike-riding
opportunities. I speak for a particular issue in my electorate,
the link between Beaconsfield and Beauty Point. We have been
striving for many years to get that sorted out, for something to be
developed there because you cannot take a long walk between those two
locations simply because it is far too unsafe with the road that we
WING - On that road it is
difficult taking a drive.
FINCH - You have a point
there. I am sure if the West Tamar Council had more support
they would look to provide that link that would suit all ages and be
a really good innovation for that community on the West Tamar.
McKIM - Firstly, I am not
familiar with that road.
FINCH - Come up and you
will hear about it.
McKIM - I will come up at
some stage. If there are problems with the road, I hate to buck
pass but you will need to ask - well, Norm is saying you can ask
him but it is not in this output group so he would need Minister
Giddings. Norm is saying that he is happy to come up with me
and have a look at this road and I am happy to come up and have a
look in terms of cycleways.
am determined, as is the Premier, to do everything we can to promote
cycling not only as a recreation opportunity but actually as an
opportunity to encourage more sustainable commuting in Tasmania.
The urban passenger transport framework does recognise cycling and
the contribution that cycling can make to urban transport systems.
We have a strategy, the Tasmanian Walking and Cycling for Active
Transport Strategy - do you come up with these names, Norm?
McILFATRICK - No.
McKIM - It is a beauty.
We will use that strategy to provide planning, investment and
decision-making within government. There is some extra money in
this State Budget for cycling - $2 million off the top of my head.
We are not in my area strictly speaking now. That money is
allocated to the Department of Economic Development because they have
Sport and Recreation in there. DIER works closely with the
Department of Economic Development in relation to that funding.
My personal view is that cycling infrastructure should not just be
viewed as recreational infrastructure; we need to do a lot more to
I said earlier, there is a whole range of things we can do there:
Yes, build cycle lanes - which is the obvious no-brainer that people
think of when you are talking about cycling - but also provide
facilities, particularly in government buildings, such as showers,
lockers, bike racks, secure places to get changed and so forth, so
that there is more being done to encourage people to cycle or to
rollerblade or jog or sea-kayak to work. I am not for or
against any particular method of human-powered transport; I think
they are all in the mix and they all need to be encouraged.
is a long-winded way of saying that I have not been up and I do not
know the specific issue that you are referring to, but we will keep
doing all we can.
McILFATRICK - There is
currently a program that West Tamar could get involved in with
Sport and Recreation, so it may be well worthwhile talking to them
about it But it might be worth even talking to the mayor about
how they can access that sport and recreation.
McKIM - So what Mr
McIlfatrick is saying is that there is funding available. If
you have the Minister for Economic Development in, - actually, it is
Minister O'Byrne in this case - it is a great question for him and
you can tell him that I said you should ask him.
FINCH - Congratulations
on putting this focus of a bike ride between Hobart and Smithton, it
McKIM - It is a long-term
- The member for Western Tiers is already training.
DEAN - The bikeways and
bike tracks in Launceston and the one that we are now working on, the
concept into the northern suburbs, and even further afield - there is
talk about trying to get that through to George Town and to connect
the two areas up. There is money in the Budget this year I
noticed and will some of that be released, as I understand it, to the
Launceston City Council for the progression of those bike paths?
McKIM - That will be a
matter for Minister O'Byrne.