City of Victor Harbor council, residents discuss future re-alignment of Encounter Bikeway along Bridge Terrace

Mayor Moira Jenkins.
Mayor Moira Jenkins.

The City of Victor Harbor is on the bike path to reaching a solution to the proposed re-alignment of the Encounter Bikeway along Bridge Terrace.

Residents of Bridge Terrace have expressed concerns about the planned re-alignment of the Encounter Bikeway, from the Victor Harbor Yacht Club to the Hindmarsh River.

The re-alignment would have seen a shared pathway for bicycles and pedestrians constructed through Bridge Terrace Reserve.

Colin Wood, who has lived adjacent the reserve for 33 years, said residents only found out about the path when survey posts were installed about three weeks ago.

After some residents saw plans at the council chambers, a group of them met informally with mayor Moira Jenkins and council staff to express their concerns. Mr Wood said the project was a "fantastic idea".

"I think it's one of the many things the Fleurieu Peninsula can hang its hat on," he said.

But, he said, the council was "dissecting" the park. "They're destroying such a small recreational area when (the Bikeway) could go on one side," he said.

Concerns included safety of the families using the reserve while bikes ride through and the $350,000 cost of the project.

"When public money is not easy to get by, I think council could be more pragmatic," Mr Wood said.

A City of Victor Harbor spokesperson said council was currently considering alternate options for the project.

"Elected members considered options after a workshop on Monday, September 9 and a report will be presented to the September council meeting for a decision on how the project will progress," the spokesperson said.

"Council will be consulting with the concerned residents. as well as the broader community to achieve a resolution."

City of Victor Harbor councillor Bryan Littlely said council needed to optimise its use of public space.

"Currently the bike path along Bridge Terrace has no disability access and we would like to make it usable space for the whole community to move through. At the moment this is not possible," Cr Littlely said.

"If we are serious about celebrating our coastal environment then this is part of Victor Harbor which should not be used for just a minority, but space for all.

"It has tourism benefits, as it links the Bluff to Goolwa and it is just not a bikeway, but a shared pathway. We have residential opposition and the bikeway alignment is the issue.

"This area is our absolute jewel and a unique place in Victor Harbor. A true asset."