Lambrick Avenue Shared Path, Palmerston
Northern Territory | Regional
The concept for a pedestrian and cycle bridge across Homebush Bay was first identified in New South Wales Government planning documents in 2003. In 2010, an expanded privately funded proposal was submitted to Government by Billbergia Group on behalf of four Wentworth Point landowners to deliver a public transport bridge with two vehicle lanes, along with a shared cycle and pedestrian path. The proposal was subsequently declared a Major Project under delegation of the Minister for Planning and was approved on 22 March 2013, following detailed planning and assessment.
The realisation of the $63 million Bennelong Bridge is the culmination of more than six years of planning and construction and marks a significant investment by the landowner’s alliance. It demonstrates the significant public benefits that can be achieved through collaboration between government and the private sector, for the delivery of public and active transport infrastructure to support urban renewal.
Bennelong Bridge has facilitated the transformation of two former industrial precincts on the banks of Parramatta River and delivered the public infrastructure needed to create a sustainable residential community of more than 50,000 people within a 1 kilometre walkable radius of the Bridge. Within this 1 kilometre radius, the Bridge connects the communities to shopping, a park, child care, community centres and library, a new school (scheduled to open in 2018), and 450 hectares of public open space, as well as ferry, bus and rail services.
The Bridge enhances social and economic opportunities for the communities on both sides of Homebush Bay by improving access to services, community facilities, public open space and an efficient movement network. It provides a direct connection from City of Canada Bay’s network of cycle paths to more than 35 kilometres of cycle paths at Sydney Olympic Park, as well linking to the newly opened, 20 kilometre Parramatta Park to Sydney Olympic Park cycle and pedestrian path network.