Work steps up on new Wreck Point walking trail
Nature lovers will be able to explore more of the Livingstone coastline, with new walking trails under construction at the iconic Wreck Point lookout.
The 495-metre-long walking trail will improve pedestrian connectivity between Cooee Bay Beach and Lammermoor Beach via the Wreck Point Lookout.
The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) through the Queensland Bushfires Local Economic Recovery Program.
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the new walking trail would make the iconic lookout more accessible for locals and tourists alike.
“The beautiful shores of our region are a major draw point for tourists, and it’s what makes the lifestyle for locals so good,” Ms Lauga said.
“By investing in Wreck Point and delivering a new walking trail we can build on that fantastic lifestyle and make the region more accessible to tourists and locals alike.
“The Palaszczuk Government is investing in regional tourism and rebuilding after the bushfires, locals in Livingstone are benefiting from that investment.”
Mayor Andy Ireland said Livingstone Shire Council was successful in obtaining $500,000 under the program and Council contributed a further $260,000 towards the project.
“The project includes the construction of stairways and rest areas, widening of the naturally formed ‘goat tracks’ where safe to do so, improved beach access, planting of coastal vegetation and eventually construction of a bridge to connect the two trails,” Mayor Ireland said.
The 40-metre-long bridge requires specialist design and construction and is expected to commence in late 2022.
Classified as Grade Three under the Australian Walking Track Grading System, the trails will be suitable for most ages and fitness levels with short steep hill sections, some obstacles, rough surfaces and many steps.
Mayor Ireland said Wreck Point is a much-loved and well-renowned landmark in our shire, with thousands of locals and tourists visiting each year to enjoy the historical monument and spectacular view.
“The addition of these walking trails aims to increase day tourism and economic activity in the local precinct, and add another element to our Livingstone experience,” Mayor Ireland said.
Portfolio holder of Healthy and Inclusive Community, Councillor Pat Eastwood added that the project aligns with the Livingstone Community Plan: Towards 2050 goal to support healthy living at any age.
“These trails will provide another great way for residents and visitors to unwind, get fit and connect with nature,” Cr Eastwood said.
“This new pedestrian link is an example of Council delivering yet another way for locals and tourists to explore and enjoy our coastline and I have no doubt the trail will become a popular experience.”
The trails, with the exception of the bridge, are expected to be open to the public in stages over the coming months with the first portion open in mid October.