Cycleway plan on road to nowhere

Morisset peninsula resident David Lemcke has been waiting a long time for Lake Macquarie City Council to provide some infrastructure in his area.

"I've been trying to get playing fields, a jetty and now cycleways," Mr Lemcke, of Balcolyn said.

The Newcastle Herald reported two years ago that 8000 people lived on the Morisset peninsula but the area did not have a single sportsground - and the situation hasn't changed.

Mr Lemcke, who works for Wyong Council, was disappointed the peninsula did not gain much attention in Lake Macquarie council's draft cycling strategy.

The council did recently build a two-kilometre cycleway on Fishery Point Road, which the draft strategy estimated would cost $351,000 to $513,000.

Mr Lemcke said the council ripped up a footpath to build the cycleway.

"It was a perfectly good footpath, but the council said it wasn't built to standard," he said.

"They could have spent the money better."

Mr Lemcke has mapped a five-kilometre cycleway plan, which "branches off in a few directions", for the peninsula.

He wants the council and its mayor Greg Piper, who lives on the peninsula, to consider the plan.

"I've asked Greg, 'Can we get something to happen on the peninsula please?'.

"He's been telling me the same platitudes for eight years."

Cr Piper said he believed the first "roll-out" of cycleway on Fishery Point Road had been successful, with cyclist traffic increasing since its completion.

"There's no problem with David's logic and I certainly support what he's saying," he said. "We've seen the benefit of the first cycleway and hopefully the next stage comes soon.

"Reality is that we don't have the funds available and he hasn't provided a timeframe for when his plans should be completed."

The Morisset peninsula includes Bonnells Bay, Windermere Park, Brightwaters, Yarrawonga Park, Balcolyn, Silverwater, Sunshine, Mirrabooka and Morisset Park.

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