Pedestrian safety and active transport options will be enhanced with a more than $3 million pathways investment in Bundaberg Regional Council’s 2023-24 budget.
Roads and Drainage portfolio spokesperson Cr Bill Trevor said the investment aimed to improve connectivity and provide safer routes for residents and visitors.
He said one of the major projects would be the construction of a pathway along Kendalls Rd.
“The pathway, spanning one kilometre on the southern side of the road, will extend from Takalvan Street to Mott Street,” Cr Trevor said.
“The primary objective behind this project is to enhance safety and create an active transport linkage to the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct.
“Residents and visitors will have a dedicated pathway to enjoy outdoor activities while minimising their interaction with traffic.”
Cr Trevor said another significant initiative would be the development of a pathway along Sims Rd.
“This pathway will stretch 700 m, connecting Targo Street to Boundary Street,” he said.
“Moreover, the project will include links to bus stops, allowing for seamless transitions between walking and public transportation.
“It will also contribute to the ongoing expansion of the active transport network, facilitating connections to community services, Walkervale State School and, eventually, Boreham Park.
“Additionally, improved access to bus stops in the area will be a notable benefit of this project.”
As part of the 2023-24 budget, Cr Trevor said there would also be a focus on improving road infrastructure.
“For road projects, the total budget for the upcoming year is $33,173,499,” he said.
“Bundaberg Regional Council also plans to allocate close to $3.8 million to drainage projects in the same period.”
Cr Trevor said the new financial year would be focused on planning for the future.
“We’re doing a lot of strategic work behind the scenes to ensure Council is positioned favourably for future capital projects,” he said.
“With significant investments ongoing for pathways, road development and drainage improvements, we are actively working to enhance the community's infrastructure and promote a safer and more sustainable living environment.
“Residents can look forward to improved connectivity, better access to key destinations and enhanced recreational opportunities as these projects come to fruition.”
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