Following the completion of the first stage of the Tuggerawong Shared Pathway (Friday Street to Tuesday Street), Central Coast Council began planning for stages 2 to 5 of the pathway which will see the completion of the popular ‘Tuggerah Lake Loop’.
2020 will see Council invest $705,000 in completing Stage 2 of the project which will connect Tuesday Street to February Street in Tuggerawong. Stage 2 is planned to commence in July 2020 and will take approximately 4 months to complete, weather permitting. Future stages of the project are subject to adoption of yearly budgets and Council will also seek grant funding opportunities.
Stages 2 to 5 Consultation
In August 2019 Council invited the community to have their say on Stages two to five of the Tuggerawong Shared Pathway project. As part of the consultation, the community were invited to:
- view the draft concept plans for stages 2-4
- view the route options for stage 5
- read the Frequently Asked Questions for the project
- attend a drop-in information session
- provide feedback on the pathway and preferred stage 5 route via the interactive map (now closed)
Comments or the project closed on 16 September 2019.
Council has reviewed all the feedback received during consultation and will consider the communities ideas and preferences when preparing the detailed designs for stages 2 to 5 of the Tuggerawong Shared Path. The next steps for the path are as follows:
- Engage contractors to complete stage 2 of the path with commencement date expected in July 2020.
- Continue with construction of stage 3 and 4 in the financial years after.
- Develop concept designs for stage 5 using route Option C.
The community is invited to:
- View the Engagement Summary available in the Document Library
- View the detailed Consultation Report available in the Document Library
- View the final design layout plans for Stages 2 to 4 available in the Document Library
- View the preferred route Option C for Stage 5 available in the Document Library
The final outcomes of the consultation are documented here. This may include a summary of all contributions collected as well as recommendations for future action.
Stage 2 of the Tuggerawong Shared Pathway has now commenced.
Stage 3 of the Tuggerawong Shared Pathway has now commenced.
Stage 4 of the Tuggerawong Shared Pathway has now commenced.
Stage 5 of the Tuggerawong Shared Pathway has now commenced.
Frequently asked questions
What is a shared pathway?
A pathway that is designed to be used by both pedestrians and cyclists.
Where is the shared pathway going?
Stage Two of the proposed shared pathway is approximately 750m long and will be in the public reserve along the Tuggerah Lake foreshore between Tuesday Street and February Street.
Stage Three of the proposed shared pathway is approximately 600m long and will be in the public reserve along the Tuggerah Lake foreshore between February Street and March Street.
Stage Four of the proposed shared pathway is approximately 650m long and will be in the public reserve along the Tuggerah Lake foreshore between March Street and Palmer Street.
Five route options for Stage Five of the proposed shared pathway have been presented. Which route is your favourite and why? Let us know and let’s make the decision together.
Will the shared pathway be the same width (3 metres) as stage one?
Yes, the next stages will see a continuation of the 3 metre wide shared pathway.
How was the pathway identified as a priority project?
This project was identified as a priority project in the Draft Central Coast Bike Plan and has been a community-driven project since 2015 when the Tuggerawong Pathway Committee submitted their letter of support.
This project will increase connectivity for the region by improving access to local shops, a play space and the public school. With five stages planned, this is another step in completing the loop around the scenic Tuggerah Lake.
Who owns the land that the pathway is to be built?
The land that the shared pathway is proposed to be built is managed by Central Coast Council and owned by NSW Crown Land.
How many trees will be removed to construct the pathway?
Nine trees will need to be removed to achieve the proposed route, all of which have been assessed by Council’s in house environmental officers and approved for removal.
How will the construction of stages 2 be funded?
Stage two of the Tuggerawong Shared Path has been identified in the 2019-20 Central Coast Operational Plan and $705,000 has been allocated by Council.
When is the construction of stage 2 of the pathway scheduled to start and when will it be completed?
Stage 2 of the shared pathway anticipated will begin construction in March 2020 with an expected completion date of June 2020, weather permitting.
How will the construction of stages 3 & 4 be funded and when will the construction commence?
Council is committed to finishing the projects that we start. The current plan is to deliver stages 3 & 4 in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 financial years respectively. The funding is subject to adoption of the future Capital Works Program by Council. We will continue to actively pursue external grant funding opportunities.
Can part of stages 3 be constructed at the same time as stage 2?
We are planning to deliver stage 2 in the 2019/20 financial year. Staff will monitor the project progress and look for opportunities to deliver part of stage 3 if possible. This will be subject to achieving competitive tender rates, contractor capacity and the weather. Any change to the project scope and budget must also be approved by Council. Notifications will be issued to residents if anyone is impacted by the potential additional works.
How many rest stops are proposed?
Four additional rest stops are proposed. We invite the community to comment on the proposed locations and number of rest stops.
Have environmental factors been considered?
Yes. The selected route minimises the environmental impact of the project by keeping the need to remove trees to an absolute minimum and by raising the pathway in some locations to avoid disrupting tree roots.
The route has been selected to ensure environmental impacts are kept to a minimum. Council have also taken steps to ensure the shared pathway is as far from property boundaries as possible.
How will the route for stage 5 of the pathway be selected?
We invited the community to tell us their preferred route(s).
We will report back to the community on the feedback results.
And based on the community feedback results, we will then commission survey and design and environmental assessment, to confirm feasibility and estimate cost of potential preferred route(s).
Additional community consultation will then be undertaken to advise the community the outcome of design.
Have environmental factors been considered for all options for stage 5?
At this stage, preliminary environmental impact has been undertaken based on desktop assessment and site inspections. Additional investigations will be undertaken to further assess and mitigate environmental impact of the preferred route(s).
How will the construction of stages 5 be funded?
The current plan is to commence stage 5 in 2022/23 with funding subject to finalisation of the route / design and adoption of the future Capital Works Program by Council. We will continue to actively pursue external grant funding opportunities to ensure the best outcome for the Community.