The Cooks River to Iron Cove GreenWay is a five kilometre north-south corridor formed by the former Rozelle Freight Line and Hawthorne Canal. Commercial use of the former freight line gradually declined and eventually ceased in 2009.
Following the closure of the freight line, local individuals and community groups worked with local councils and various state government agencies to regenerate bush sites and develop a vision and action plan for the corridor.
The GreenWay vision is to link the Cooks River and Iron Cove (the Bay Run) with a re-vegetated sustainable transport corridor that includes light rail and a shared pathway for walking and cycling, combining new paths and upgraded sections of existing path into a continuous route.
The current situation
In March 2010, the NSW Government announced its commitment to fund planning and construction of the Inner West light rail extension, shared path, and additional bush regeneration areas along the GreenWay corridor.
The light rail component was realised in 2014 with the opening of the L1 Dulwich Hill Line by the NSW Government, which extended the previous Central to Lilyfield light rail service through to Dulwich Hill station. However, the funding for the long-awaited shared path was cut due to budget and design problems.
In response to this, the former GreenWay councils (Ashfield, Canterbury, Leichhardt and Marrickville) conducted a joint study of the GreenWay's missing links with the hope of partnering with the NSW Government to complete the shared path.
Missing links report
The missing links report was completed in October 2015.
It guides the future development of the GreenWay – prioritising and estimating costs for the remaining missing links – with a view to securing the necessary funding and approvals to complete the entire GreenWay trail by 2020.
For more information on the exciting range of projects and community activities being coordinated by the GreenWay program, please visit www.greenway.org.au
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