Council wins national award for encouraging cycling
  • Wednesday 16 June 2010

Sunshine Coast Council was today named the winner of a national award for encouraging and promoting cycling at the Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards held in Canberra.

The Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards were presented at an event opened by Heart Foundation CEO (ACT) Tony Stubbs and with the key note address from Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Maxine McKew.

Council’s Integrated Transport portfolio holder Vivien Griffin said council received the Local Government Award for Special Initiative to Encourage and Promote Cycling.

“The award recognises this council’s investment of $6 million in bicycle paths and on-road facilities and our commitment of $20 million over the next five years,” Councillor Griffin said.

“It is welcome acknowledgement of council’s commitment to a sustainable future – and how well we are working with other levels of government and our community to achieve that.”

Cr Griffin said a well-planned network of on- and off-road cycle routes is essential to council’s goal of the Sunshine Coast being Australia’s most sustainable region.

“This award shows that our planning is helping us to manage growth by valuable connections between key community hubs, while also promoting health and wellbeing through active lifestyles.”

The Bicycling Achievement Awards have been held by the Cycling Promotion Fund annually since 2002. They celebrate the encouragement and promotion of cycling and the role it plays in supporting active living across all ages. For more information visit The Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards Website.