Peddling healthy initiatives

By SALLY GORDON

IT seems Clarence councillors have your health and safety interests at heart.

At yesterday's extraordinary meeting, councillors passed the 2006/07 management plan and budget, but not before a lengthy discussion on the need for cycleways in the Valley.

Council's director of engineering services, David Andrews, has been charged with preparing a report into cycleway priorities for the Valley.

The council received a submission on their management plan from the Clarence Environment Centre, asking council to consider as a matter of priority, a cycleway for Clarenza.

"There are three schools, one to open shortly with some 870 students, the majority of whom live to the west of the current Pacific Highway," the submission stated.

"All of these students have to be bussed or driven to school daily, simply because it is deemed too dangerous to walk or cycle."

Cr Kerry Lloyd told council the development of cycleways was a safety matter that needed to be addressed urgently.

Cr Richie Williamson and Cr Chris Gulaptis were more concerned with the need for an organisational restructure.

Cr Gulaptis said the fact that council lost $2.14 million in the first year of amalgamation and had a list of uncompleted works were evidence council's struc- ture needed a shake-up.



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