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Guy Road Shared Pathway from Corinella Community Centre to Bass Valley Primary School officially opened

The new 6.1 km Guy Road Shared Pathway takes you on a journey from the Corinella Community Centre to Bass Valley Primary School with 700 m of reinforced concrete, 750 m of recycled plastic boardwalk, and 4.7 km of scenic gravel path.

By news@gippsland - 5th June 2023 - Back to News

A critical shared walking and cycling pathway officially opened on Friday, to safely connect communities between the Corinella Community Centre and the Bass Valley Primary School and Children's Centre. The 6.1 km Guy Road Shared Pathway will link into existing pathways connecting to the Bass Highway in one direction and Coronet Bay in the other. The pathway was officially opened by Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Michael Whelan and the local Member for Bass, Jordan Crugnale, alongside local school and community groups.

Student leaders from Bass Valley Primary School were excited to be the first to roll on through the ribbon cutting, officially opening the Guy Road Shared Pathway!

Student leaders from Bass Valley Primary School were excited to be the first to roll on through the ribbon cutting, officially opening the Guy Road Shared Pathway!

Protect, restore and enhance

Cr Whelan said the pathway will encourage school children, residents and visitors to become more active. He said the pathway meets a critical local infrastructure need and responds to the region's growing population and the project is consistent with environmentally sustainable design.

"We are committed to preserve, protect, restore and enhance the natural environment across Bass Coast, as well as cut the carbon footprint of Bass Coast. Examples of sustainable design principles include the use of recycled plastic boardwalk decking and bollards instead of timber. The pathway's material will be more sustainable and weather-resistant, retaining less heat in summer and draining more effectively throughout the winter months," he said.

Project funding

The pathway was funded by $1.4 million from Bass Coast Shire Council's Capital Works Program and $1.4 million from the Victorian state government's Growing Suburbs Fund. The pathway consists of more than 700 m of new fibre-reinforced concrete, as well 750 m of boardwalk and 4.7 km of gravel shared path.

The project followed extensive community consultation and was specifically supported by Bass Valley Primary School, Bass Valley Children's Centre, Phillip Island Bicycle User Group, Corinella and District community Centre, Corinella Residents and Ratepayer Committee, Bass Coast Road Safety Committee, Tenby Point Residents and Ratepayer Committee, GippSport, Probus Club of Corinella and District and Peregrine Walking Club.

Works on the pathway started in August 2021, with completion in May 2023. The project was first identified in council's 2016 Aspirational Network Pathways Plan, which now forms part of the overarching Bass Coast Tracks and Trails Strategy 2022-2032, adopted by council in November 2022.

Community access

The pathway runs in a westerly direction from the Bass Valley Primary School, along Corinella Road before turning north at Cemetery Road and following unused Road Reserve to Guy Road, continuing west along unused Road Reserve to Tenby Point.

Once at Tenby Point, it follows the northern edge of Guy Road west, to connect to Jamieson Street. From Jamieson Street to Balcombe Street, the path follows the south side road reserve of Smythe Street in Corinella. The Pathway connects to central Corinella where the general store, Community Centre, Community Hall and Harold Hughes Reserve are located.

Pictures from Bass Coast Shire Council website.


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