Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Statements by Members
Bondi to Manly Walk
How good is the new Bondi to Manly walk, which is opening shortly? There can be little doubt about the beauty of Sydney's magnificent harbour and the iconic Bondi and Manly beaches. With this in mind, I'm very excited to rise today to speak about the progress of the Bondi to Manly walk, which will be officially opened at an event at Milsons Point in my electorate on 8 December. This exciting project will link the 80 kilometres of existing coastal and harbourside walking tracks starting at Bondi Beach, traversing South Head, the Harbour Bridge and North Head, and finishing at Manly. Those doing all or part of the walk will experience Sydney's incredible natural beauty, places of rich Indigenous heritage and many of our city's great cultural icons. In my electorate, the walk will include harbourside gems around Milsons Point, Kirribilli and Neutral Bay, including Sub Base Platypus, which is already a popular destination. Many residents in my electorate are keen walkers, and I know they will be some of its most avid users. I have no doubt that the walk will become one of Sydney's most popular tourist activities for both domestic and international visitors to our city.
The development of the walk has involved collaboration between six councils, eight state agencies and the federal government's Sydney Harbour Federation Trust—an achievement in itself. The idea of creating a Bondi to Manly walk has been evolving for over a decade now, with work progressing steadily on this important project. I congratulate all of those involved, including the project's chair, former senator John Faulkner, and his enthusiastic team of walk supporters. It will be a great event when this walk gets underway.