Why was there a delay since the community consultation and what has happened?

    After the initial community consultation in 2021, there was a pause in the Tweed Pedestrian and Bike Plan due to a key staff change. The prolonged vacancy caused a gap in the project timeline. In 2022, with the position filled, the project resumed, marking the start of the next phase. Despite the delay, community input remained a priority. We maintained our commitment to project quality, implementing sessions like briefings, on-site evaluations and training activities to transfer essential information and skills, mitigating the impact of the delay.

    How did you decide which areas were given priority in the plan?

    Priority areas were determined by evaluating route hierarchy, network constraints and community concerns. The community consultation played a vital role in shaping the plan and prioritising areas by providing local insights into issues, ensuring alignment with community needs.

    Why wasn't my street audited?

    The large area of Tweed and practical constraints influenced the initial street audit selection. The plan unfolds in phases and if your street wasn't audited initially, it may be included in subsequent phases. A Multi Criteria Assessment tool integrated into the plan enables ongoing responsiveness to community needs.

    How can I bring issues or concerns to the attention of Council?

    Your input shapes the plan. If your street or issue wasn't included, share your feedback for future consideration. Reach us at tweed.nsw.gov.au/report-problemtsc@tweed.nsw.gov.au or 02 6670 2400. Your involvement ensures that your concerns are heard and together we can work towards enhancing the Tweed community's pedestrian and bike network.

    How long will it take to see the full implementation of the plan?

    The plan unfolds in three stages:

    • Short term (0–5 years)
      Focus on high-priority works, including addressing missing paths.
    • Medium term (5–10 years)
      Enhancing existing infrastructure, like widening paths to improve overall accessibility.
    • Long term (10+ years)
      Investing in existing infrastructure within established centres.

    While specific timelines may vary, our commitment is to steadily work towards realising the full potential of the plan over these different timeframes. The Tweed Pedestrian and Bike plan is a 10-year vision, but determining the exact timeline for project implementation can be challenging due to financial constraints, technical and feasibility issues and high-priority projects facing regulatory and environmental requirements.

    What changes can we expect to see in our community as a result of this plan?

    The plan aims to address existing and potential pedestrian and cycling-related issues by focusing on common themes including paths, curb ramps, pedestrian facilities, accessibility enhancements, cycling treatments, signage and lighting. Safety enhancements, including campaigns and non-infrastructure strategies, aim to foster a connected network. By establishing a more connected pedestrian and cycle network, our community can anticipate several positive changes, including a potential reduction in private vehicles on the road, contributing to lowering Tweed's environmental footprint. Increased pedestrian and cycling trips have the potential to reduce motor vehicle accidents and traffic-related pollution, fostering a healthier, more inclusive and active lifestyle overall.