Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport Supplementary Budget Estimates 16 October 2012 Question: 10
Topic: Bike Paths
Asked By: Senator LUDLAM
Type of Question: Written
Date set by the committee for the return of answer: 7 December 2012
The Dept of Regional Australia administered the $40m Bike Paths component of the 2009 Jobs Fund, in which 175 projects were approved, and created more than 1130 short term jobs, and nearly 550 long term jobs, 80 work experience positions, and 90 traineeships1. Please outline specifically how this Department is responsible for bike infrastructure.
1 Australian National Audit Office (2012) ANAO Audit Report No.27 2011‐12 Establishment, Implementation and Administration of the Bike Paths Component of the Local Jobs Stream of the Jobs Fund. Note that $5.25% of Program funds or $2.1m was set aside for departmental administrative costs, leaving $37.9m available for funding bike path construction projects. Australian National Audit Office (2012) ANAO Audit Report No.27 2011‐12 Establishment, Implementation and Administration of the Bike Paths Component of the Local Jobs Stream of the Jobs Fund.
1. This Department administered the $40m Bike Paths package. How many kilometres in total of bicycle infrastructure were built under this program.
2. On average what was the cost per kilometre for different types of bike path infrastructure built under the package?
Please include a list of all projects funded, the type of path built, and the cost per km for each (as a total cost, including matched funding).
1. The Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport is responsible for finalising the National Bike Path Projects program. This investment from the Government leveraged a total project value of nearly $80 million. Projects approved under this program will deliver a total of over 600km of bike paths as well as related infrastructure such as bridges, lighting, board walks, signing, bike racks, landscaping and retaining walls. Over 520km of bike paths have been completed.
2. As the projects included other types of bicycle infrastructure it is not possible to provide a price per km. A list of all National Bike Path Projects is attached.