As the school holidays swing into action, families are being encouraged to enjoy the outdoors and make use of the Capricorn Coast’s shared pathways, which have now been extended as far as Kemp Beach.
The ongoing works on the 2.5-metre wide concrete shared pathway, jointly funded by Livingstone Shire Council and the Queensland Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program, would eventually link both ends of the Capricorn Coast.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said the pathway works included connectivity to Rosslyn Bay, which supports a healthy lifestyle and recreation for cyclists, tourists and local residents.
“In recent months 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.
“This project will continue from Mulambin Road through to Wildin Way in Mulambin Waters, which has been identified as an important and key link. The shared path ties into the existing shared path infrastructure to the south of Statue Bay, continuing along the Scenic Highway to the Bluff National Park, and will soon link through to Mulambin Beach.
“Council would like to 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 the Principal Cycle Network on the Capricorn Coast focuses on progressively connecting, in stages, the four centres of Yeppoon, Rosslyn Bay, Emu Park and Zilzie.
“Within each centre, the principal cycle network focuses on connecting residential areas with the main destinations of schools, shops and recreation areas,” Mrs Lauga said.
“I’m proud to see the State Government contributing approximately $1.7m towards this exciting and beneficial project, which is sure to enhance the exploring experience of the Capricorn Coast while also focussing on road safety.
“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.
“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.”