New pedestrian refuge for Evans Head intersection

A PEDESTRIAN refuge at an Evans Head intersection will be constructed following an announcement of funding for bike and walking paths in the Clarence Valley and Richmond Valley Council areas.

Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis announced construction and planning will begin on five new projects (four in the Clarence Valley, one in the Richmond Valley) across the region thanks to a $40 million state-wide investment by the NSW Government.

Mr Gulaptis said the Government will fund more than 380 walking and cycling projects across the state to better connect communities, improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and encourage more people to get active.

"I am pleased the Clarence and Richmond valleys will benefit from this massive funding injection, with five projects in the region to be delivered in partnership with local councils from July," he said.

Richmond Valley Council will receive $16,500 to construct a pedestrian refuge at the Woodburn & Booyong Streets intersection, Evans Head.

Mr Gulaptis said with cycling more popular than ever before and walking trips on the rise, the NSW Government was providing the infrastructure needed to support local communities.

"These projects will provide a huge boost for residents and businesses - completing crucial missing links in the valleys' walking and cycling network, and providing better connections between local suburbs and to public transport hubs," Mr Gulaptis said.

"If we want to encourage more people to leave the car at home and get active, we need to provide access to safe, convenient and connected walking and cycling networks.

"This investment is about connecting people and places and making