Shared pathways on the Capricorn Coast have a reached landmark success, with the works now extending as far as Mulambin Waters.
The 2.5-metre wide concrete shared pathway network is jointly funded by Livingstone Shire Council and the Queensland Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said the works were a milestone achievement in the long-term planning of linking both ends of the Capricorn Coast.
“Throughout last year we’ve seen the development of the path take shape from Statue Bay through to Rosslyn Bay and Kemp Beach, which was approved for 50% of $3.4 million in funding under the Transport and Main Roads Department,” Mayor Ludwig said.
“This project has now continued from Mulambin Road through to Wildin Way in Mulambin Waters, which was identified as an important and key link. The shared path also ties into the existing shared path infrastructure to the south of Statue Bay, continuing along the Scenic Highway to the Bluff National Park.
“Council’s long term goal is to progressively connect Yeppoon through to Emu Park and Zilzie in stages via the shared path network as Cycle Grants Funding becomes available.
“Council would like to sincerely thank Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga and the Queensland Government for their joint funding support towards this vital community infrastructure.”
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said these linkages not only promote living a healthy and active lifestyle, but they also provide a wonderful opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy our regions magnificent natural beauty.
“Families are being encouraged to enjoy the outdoors and make use of these fantastic recreational linkages that offer a great way to explore the beautiful Capricorn Coast while also focussing on road safety,” Mrs Lauga said.
“I’m proud to see the State Government contributing approximately $1.7m towards this exciting and beneficial project. On average, every dollar invested in bike-riding infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queenslanders with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion and lower transport costs.
“It’s why the Palaszczuk Government is investing more than $15.5 million in funding to local governments to deliver new high-priority bike networks over the next two years.”