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Shared path improves connectivity across Hervey Bay

10 August, 2018

Fraser Coast Council CEO Ken Diehm (left), Director of Infrastructure Services Davendra Naidu, Mayor George Seymour, and Kirbro and Council representatives view the new pathway at Urangan.

The connectivity of the Hervey Bay walk-cycle network has been improved thanks to a $500,000 project backed by Fraser Coast Regional Council and the state government.

Under the project, local company Kirbro built a 1.3km concrete share-path along Margaret Street to link the Esplanade and Boat Harbour Drive.

The state government provided $250,000 towards the project under the Building Our Regions program.

The project also includes a 74-metre timber bridge and boardwalk, built by the Council’s carpentry team, over a lagoon at the rear of the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens.

Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick said the shared path was identified in Council’s Walk and Cycle Strategy to connect the Esplanade with Boat Harbour Drive

“The aim is improve access to the beach and to commercial precincts for residents and tourists,” Mr Dick said. 

“It will encourage healthier lifestyles, provide safe and environmentally sustainable transport routes, improve facilities for locals and tourists and form connection between communities. 

“The project also provides further off-road linkage with the mobility corridor link at the intersection of Boat Harbour Drive.”

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the pathway improves access and provides linkages to existing infrastructure.

“There was no footpath along Margaret Street or linkages to the growing commercial and medical precinct on Boat Harbour Drive,” Cr Seymour said.

“The path will greatly enhance access to the shared walk-cycleway along the Esplanade and the Link Mobility Corridor, which runs through Hervey Bay from the Urangan Harbour to Nikenbah.”