A new pedestrian and bike path designed to improve access to Carnarvon Community College is set to move forward now the project received necessary funding. The Shire of Carnarvon and the Department of Transport have split funding for the construction of a new shared path — known as the Carnarvon Community College Shared Path — for pedestrians and bicycles located on Gascoyne Road. Carnarvon residents, students and visitors will benefit from the path which the Shire says will improve access to the college. The project is part of the Shire’s Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028 to develop assets and facilities that support services and meet community needs. The department funded 50 per cent of the project budget — a total of $53,750 — with the Shire matching the contribution after it was allocated in the draft 2022-23 budget. Shire president Eddie Smith said he was pleased that the planned works could go ahead as infrastructure projects such as the new path were vital to improve access for various commuters. “This will be a welcome addition to Carnarvon and highlights both the commitment from the State Government and council on improving the quality of life for our residents and visitors,” he said. The grant has been allocated from the West Australian Bicycle Network program, which provides financial support for bicycle infrastructure projects across the State to create safe and convenient means of transport.