Opposition Leader Matthew Guy MP along with Andrew Katos MP and Liberal Candidate for Geelong, Freya Fidge visited High Street, Belmont and met with businesses and shoppers to see firsthand the route for bike paths in High Street
After Andrew Katos MP presented 2735 signatures to Parliament, signed by shoppers, residents and traders as well as cyclists, it was clear that this proposed bike lanes for High Street are not needed nor welcomed along this street.
That is why announced today, under an elected Liberal National Government in November there would be a full consultation process on a new route.
“I have been working closely with shoppers, traders, residents and cyclists of High Street Belmont to put pressure on Daniel Andrews to direct TAC to allow for an alternative route to be found for these bike paths” said Andrew Katos MP.
Unlike the Andrews Labor Government and their missing in action local MP, Christine Couzens MP; the Liberal Nationals will still allow the TAC to fund this project if a new route is chosen.
“This could all be better planned if Daniel Andrews and Christine Couzens simply directed TAC to remove their restrictive funding arrangement” stated Andrew Katos MP.
Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy acknowledged that the community have spoken on this issue and quite clearly have indicated that there needs to be a clear plan and proposal looked at using other routes.
“The Liberals will deliver a common sense solution for Belmont traders, shoppers and riders” said Opposition Leader Matthew Guy MP.
The City of Greater Geelong have indicated that under the funding agreement with TAC they will only receive the funding for the bike path provided the bike path route only goes along High Street.
This is creating anger and confusion among High Street traders and shoppers who fear losing vital on-street, short-term car parking, which will adversely affect businesses and access for residents to shop in High Street, Belmont, thus changing the character and landscape of this unique shopping strip.
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