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Aspirational Pathway Project Stage 1 - Cowes Rhyll Road

Pathway Cowes Rhyll Road

The Infrastructure Delivery team wish to advise of upcoming works to construct a new gravel pathway approximately 680 metres long, western end of the existing concrete path along Cowes Rhyll Road to the informal carpark. Works are anticipated to start early-mid July 2020 and may take up to 3 months to complete, subject to final permit approvals, contractor’s availability and weather permitting.

This project is part of the aspirational pathway network which will create jobs by employing local contractors for the anticipated 3 month construction period. Council is committed to supporting businesses and the local community in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. These works are being undertaken as part of Bass Coast Shire Council’s 2019/20 Aspirational Pathway Program, and are fully funded by Council in the order of $226,000. The project is a collaborative partnership between Council and Phillip Island Nature Parks (PINP) who will lead these works on behalf of Council.

This pathway is in line with the Bass Coast Shire Aspirational path plan and Councils strategic objectives creating a vibrant and safe pedestrian and cycling network. Implementing pedestrian priority along and across streets in the townships supported by other measures such as a comprehensive cycle network.

The completed project will provide safe recreation choices such as:

  • Enhancing social contact and experience
  • Improving health, wellbeing, safety and peace of mind
  • Establishing a bike riding culture so it is seen as a legitimate form of local travel
  • Improving bike riding infrastructure with a network that connects local links and regional destinations
  • Integrating the bicycle network with public transport and walking networks

The new gravel pathway will be built 2.5 metres-wide and include minor drainage with approximately 80 metres of boardwalk construction which will provide a connection to the informal carpark area as shown on the map attached.

We appreciate that these works may present an inconvenience and ask for your patience during this time. Our contractor and Council staff will work with adjacent landowners to minimise disruptions during construction.

For information or assistance please contact:

  • PINP Project Supervisor - Jarvis Weston – 0428 187 278
  • Bass Coast Shire Council’s Infrastructure Delivery Team – David Vaea – Capital Project Officer or Infrastructure Asset Management Team – Laurie Gervasi on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211
  • Email basscoast@basscoast.vic.gov.au