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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

The Hon Simon Crean

Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, Minister for the Arts

New Lynton to Belair urban trail is open for business

Joint media release
18 January 2011

Cyclists and pedestrians are already taking advantage of the recently completed Lynton to Belair Urban Trail.

The Australian Government has partnered with the South Australian Government and the City of Mitcham, contributing more than $600,000 to deliver the $710,000 project.

The Lynton to Belair Urban Trail is a 1.6 kilometre shared-use trail through council reserves.

Senator Don Farrell today joined community members and local representatives to celebrate the trail's official opening, and congratulated those who designed and built the path.

"This path makes a vital cycling and pedestrian connection between the Mitcham hills and the plains, providing a safer alternative to using local roads," Senator Farrell said.

"The council has designed the trail to accommodate horses and, importantly, emergency vehicles, which will be able to use the trail in the event of fires."

The trail's construction has included a number of additional measures to make it as safe and accessible as possible. These include widened steep sections, stopping areas and signage at key points.

Simon Crean, Minister for Local Government, said the Australian Government contributed $610,000 to the project under the $40 million National Bike Paths Projects.

"This program is another example of the Australian Government empowering local leaders and communities, to put forward important local infrastructure projects," Mr Crean said.

"We have partnered together to identify the need, created by a growing number of recreational users of the area, and we have built the trail to meet it."