Hunter MP announces $1.5m pledge for Hunter Wine Country cycleways

ELECTION PLEDGE: Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon with Cessnock City mayor Bob Pynsent at the announcement on Friday. Picture: Supplied
ELECTION PLEDGE: Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon with Cessnock City mayor Bob Pynsent at the announcement on Friday. Picture: Supplied

More than $1.5 million would be spent on shared pathways - to improve access for cyclists and pedestrians in Hunter Wine Country - if a Shorten Labor government wins Saturday's federal election.

The $1.56 million in funding would be sourced from Labor's $260 million National Bike Paths Strategy - which would provide the largest investment in shared pathways from the federal government.

Incumbent Member for the Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon was joined by Cessnock City mayor Bob Pynsent for the announcement on Friday.

Mr Fitzgibbon said a Labor Shorten Government would back Cessnock City Council's vision for a more vibrant Wine Country by investing in shared pathways to improve access for cyclists and pedestrians in Nulkaba along Wine Country Drive.

"This is a strategic investment about two things, further growing our tourism sector and safety," he said.

"We've already done small sections of cycleway in Wine Country but as ambitious as it seems, we'd like visitors and locals alike to be about to do a full loop on foot or on their bike and to do it safely."

"We also want to get Nulkaba Primary and St Philips Christian College kids to school safely."

This additional investment would build on that already made by Cessnock Council.

Labor's $260 million National Bike Paths Strategy promise would see cycleways across the country upgraded.

The federal election is less than a week away with Australians hitting the polls on Saturday.