Accessibility and recreation were high on the list of Bundaberg Regional Council priorities for 2020 with 7.6km of pathways constructed throughout the region.
That equates to 15,300 square metres of additional pathways for residents to enjoy.
Throughout 2020 pathways were constructed in Bundaberg, Bargara, Oakwood, Elliott Heads, Childers, Sharon and Wallaville.
Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said Council was committed to improving accessibility and connectivity while providing more opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.
“Council is continuously adding to our extensive pathway network right throughout the region and from the feedback which we receive from residents we know that this is very important to our community,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“Some of these projects helped to improve accessibility while others are part of long-term plans to connect outer suburbs to the Bundaberg CBD.
“This provides greater opportunities for people to walk or cycle to their destinations which is much better for our bodies and the environment!
“When you live in such a beautiful part of the world there is no reason why we shouldn’t take every opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and I hope these 2020 pathway projects will help more residents to do so.”
Some notable 2020 pathway projects include:
The final link of the Wattawa Walkway was completed, creating a link between the Gin Gin CBD and Tirroan Hotel. The bitumen sealed pathway forms part of a 10,000 step circuit.
Elliott Heads foreshore redevelopment
Additional pathways were constructed to connect coastal pathways along the newly redeveloped Elliott Heads foreshore
Boundary Street and Walla Street
A stretch of 3m wide pathway was constructed along Boundary Street and Walla Street (near the skate park) as part of a long term plan to connect Boreham Park and the Avenell Heights area to the CBD.
“In many areas now, particularly in the CBD and along busy roads, we are creating 3m wide pathways to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists.
“This means that beginner cyclists and anyone who isn’t confident enough to cycle on the road can still access the CBD on a bike,” Mayor Dempsey said.
More pathways will be added in 2021, with projects scheduled to be completed by June 30, weather permitting, including:
- 130m on Breusch Road, at Elliott Heads School
- 100m on Bargara Road plus a refuge island
- Refuge island crossing on FE Walker Street, west of Totten Street
- 480m on Faldt Street (Nott Street to Maynard Street)
- 470m on Burrum Street(Crofton Street to Boreham Street)
- 240m on Hughes Road (Causeway Drive to Durdins Road)
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