Frankston City Council constructed the bay trail from Frankston foreshore to Golf Links Road, Baxter, on the border of Frankston City Council and Mornington Peninsula shire, while the Mornington Peninsula shire constructed the Western Port trail between the Somerville train station in Somerville and other Western Port townships, including Hastings, Bittern, Somers and Balnarring.
The gap between the two paths leaves a missing link between Golf Links Road in Baxter and the Somerville railway station. It’s like having a bridge that just doesn’t meet in the middle. The completion of this path is important. It will make an iconic pathway for walkers, runners and bike riders alike, connecting the Frankston, Baxter, Western Port and Mornington township communities.
The federal government already has $2 million on the table to fund this this important project.
Council applied in 2019 and again in 2020 to the Growing Suburbs Fund for $2.1 million from the state government and on both occasions was offering to match the funding request conditional on a successful application. Neither application was successful.
Following the year we have had in Victoria, the jobs that would be created by completing this pathway and the enormous opportunities it will provide for improving people’s health, both physically and mentally, it is hard to imagine a more timely and needed project.
Council is now seeking the amount of $4.2 million and I ask for the minister’s urgent assistance to fund this important project and provide jobs to help soften the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.