Bundaberg Regional Council has adopted an Active Transport Strategy 2020-25 to enable a healthy, safe and inclusive community.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the strategy provides a roadmap to develop, plan, construct and maintain a well connected and convenient active transportation network that meets the needs of all residents.
Active transportation includes footpaths, trails, cycleways and access for people with disabilities.
“We’ve achieved a lot in the past few years, and we want to build on that success,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“Many people are aware that State Government funding has been provided for the Bundaberg to Gin Gin rail trail and Council is advocating for a cycle path to Bargara.
“This strategy reaches down to neighbourhood level. It identifies principles and opportunities to improve connections and accessibility in local areas, to the CBD in townships, sporting grounds and shopping centres.”
The Bundaberg Region currently has 116km of bicycle network pathways.
Council provides about $2.5 million in its budget each year to build and improve pathway infrastructure.
Additional routes which have been added to the 2020-25 strategy include:
- Faldt Street, Bundaberg, around the Multiplex and TAFE;
- Quay Street, East Bundaberg, to connect with the CBD;
- Lions Drive, Childers, to improve connections with the CBD for agricultural workers;
- Davidson Street, Bargara.
Council’s roads portfolio spokesman, deputy mayor Bill Trevor, said active transport is good for people’s health and the environment.
“An action plan is part of the strategy with priorities to audit cycleway signage, assess the condition of existing networks and identify demand for future improvements,” Cr Trevor said.
“A number of sites have been earmarked for development after the preliminary work is completed.
“Council appreciates there has been funding from the State Government for past projects through Works for Queensland and we’ll continue to explore external funding opportunities.”
The Active Transport Strategy can be downloaded here.