A small group waited eagerly to see the flicking of the switch to light up the Casuarina cycleway last week. The Mayor of Tweed, Cr Katie Milne, and Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest MP, cut the ribbon and then there was light.
The 3.5 kilometres of new overhead cycleway lighting were officially switched on in a project which is designed to improve safety along the shared-user path and to allow cyclists and pedestrians to use the path at night time, as well as improving security in the area.
The $992,000 project was funded through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
A total of 83 lights stretch from Cathedral Court south to Dryandras Court at Casuarina. The lights are resilient to the coastal environment, meet lighting standards for safety, minimise impacts on the adjacent residents, and use minimal electricity.
Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, thanked the Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, for securing the funding for the project. ‘I’d also like to thank the Casuarina, Seaside & Salt Residents Association (CASSRA) for their work in highlighting the importance of these lights for the locals and visitors to this area,’ said Cr Milne.
‘I’m particularly pleased that energy-efficient LED lights have been used, minimising energy costs to Council and carbon emissions.’
Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, said he hoped the lights would increase safety and encourage exercise. ‘I’m delighted to share in the announcement of this NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund project,’ he said. ‘This will help to improve the quality of community infrastructure in Tweed and quality of life for people living locally.’
The lights are motion sensitive and will illuminate when a pedestrian comes within eight metres of a pole. Two lights will illuminate in quick succession, giving pedestrians and cyclists sight of around 100 metres ahead. This will reduce the risk of collision between pedestrians and cyclists in the dark and help people feel more safe and secure when travelling along the track.