Mullumbimby to Brunswick Heads cycleway route options

Survey closed Friday 7 October

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Thank you to everyone for their views on options for the proposed cycleway.  We received over 800 survey responses.

The survey closed on Friday 7 October 2022. 

The community's feedback was included in a report to Council in December 2022.   

At this meeting, Council resolved to support Option 1 - the north option (see map below) for the Mullumbimby to Brunswick Heads Cycleway. 

Council staff will now be doing more detailed investigations on the general alignment of Option 1.

Survey responses

The results of the survey are detailed in the staff report to Council.

Report - Preferred alignment Mullum to Bruns cycleway(PDF, 2MB)

89 percent of all respondents strongly supported the concept of a cycle route connecting Mullumbimby with Brunswick Heads and Ocean Shores.

Of the two route options proposed (see map below):

  • 61% of respondents preferred Option 1 - the north option.
  • 26% preferred Option 2 - the south option.
  • 8% were unsure.
  • 5% did not support either of the options proposed.

Likely use of the cycleway routes proposed included:

  • 44% will use for recreation, leisure, health and well-being for example going to the park or beach.
  • 28 for taking visitors on the cycleway.
  • 13% for commuting to work or school.
  • 10% for business or tourism purposes.
  • 3% wouldn't use it.
  • 1% use for other purposes.

Aims of the Mullum to Bruns cycleway project

The aim is to provide a safe and accessible alternative transport route for the local community, linking urban areas to schools, workplaces and businesses.

Some sections of the route could be shared-path, depending on location and approvals.

Selecting a route is highly subjective, therefore we wanted to understand what the community values most about the idea of a cycle route connecting Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads and Ocean Shores. We then asked for views on two proposed options.

Both of the proposed options are at concept stage only. They are subject to continuing investigation and consultation with:

  • Traditional Owners (native title)
  • land-owners
  • other stakeholders including Crown Lands and Transport for NSW.

Cycleway route options

Bruns to Mullum Cycleway Project

Option 1 - the north option

  • Starts in Mullumbimby at corner of Prince Street and Argyle Street, heads north off-road and uses the rail corridor north over the Brunswick River to Synotts Lane and then east towards Smokey Valley Way, connecting to Brunswick Valley Way (at a spot between Orana Road and Rajah Road, Ocean Shores).
  • Connects to the north of Brunswick Heads via existing shared path on Brunswick Valley Way that extends all the way to Tweed Street.

Option 2 - the south option

  • Starts in Mullumbimby at corner of Prince Street and Argyle Street, heads out of town on-road via Mullumbimby Road (past the industrial estate and across Kings Creek) then takes a turn inland towards Hambly Road, through sugar cane fields directly to Henderson Lane, Saddle Road.
  • Connects to the south of Brunswick Heads via Gulgan Road to Tweed Street.