If you live in the electorate of Balmain you will probably have received the postal vote and on-line voting details for the preselection of the Labor candidate for Balmain. The choice is between the Mayor, Darcy Byrne and the former member and Labor Minister Verity Firth. There has been no indication from the Mayor in his campaign that funding for the Leichhardt Bike Plan will be reinstated in this year's coming budget, so I believe the choice is fairly clear, given the clear support for cycling by Verity Firth, in the past and in her campaign." Anyone can vote, you don't have to be a Labor Party member or supporter.
To: Mayor of Leichhardt and Councillors
Maintain the $400,000 funding for the Leichhardt Bike Plan
Dear Mayor, please renew funding (to at least the level of 2012/2013 ($440,000 p.a.)) for the Leichhardt Bike Strategy (Bike Plan) in the Budget for 2014/2015. The new bike plan being prepared will be of no use unless a regular amount of funding is set aside to implement it over next 5 years.
Why is this important?
Leichhardt Council has a good reputation for its Bicycle Strategy. The number of residents and families who use bicycles is growing strongly. All parties have supported funding the plan in the past, but Liberal and Labor councillors cut to zero the $400,000 budget for new projects for 2013/14. Much has been achieved in the last 6 years but several major links and many smaller but useful works remain to be completed, and women and children are under represented in bicycle counts due to lack of safety concerns. The Bike Plan is being updated this year. Renewed regular funding is vital to complete and improve the cycling network, so the coming generation can cycle safely and easily around Leichhardt.
How it will be delivered
Will deliver the signatures to the Council before budget day.