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Next stage of Mary to Bay Rail trail about to start

3 August 2017

Trail … outgoing president of the Hervey Bay Bicycle Users Group Dennis Johnson and Councillor David Lewis check out the next section of the Mary to Bay Rail Trail that will be constructed.

Work is set to start on the next stage of the Mary to Bay Rail Trail – a 3.5km section from Stockyard Creek to Piggford Lane.

Council received $1 million under the Queensland Government’s $200 million Works for Queensland Funding Program for the project. 

The earthworks which will be undertaken by local company SGQ and the bridge work by Timber Restoration Systems.

The work includes installing a 3-metre-wide gravel surface and includes two wooden bridges. 

“The new section will let people appreciate the flora and fauna of the region’s wallum woodland areas,” Culture, Arts and Environment Portfolio Councillor David Lewis said.

“We anticipate work starting in August and finishing in November, weather permitting.”

The existing Mary to Bay Rail Trail follows the former rail line that linked the hinterland with the Urangan Pier.

“Eventually we hope that the trail will link Maryborough and Hervey Bay,” Cr Lewis said.

“Similar trails around the country attract visitors all year round as well as providing locals with a safe place to cycle, run or walk for fitness and enjoyment.”

The section of the trail through Hervey Bay is called the Link Mobility Corridor. It now stretches 13.5 kms from the Urangan Pier to Chapel Road.

At the pier it links with the 12.5 km-long shared walk/cycle path along the foreshore that links Urangan to Gatakers Bay.

More information on bike and recreation trails around the Fraser coast click here

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