Hinterland riders rejoice as the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Regional Council team up to build a long-awaited upgrade to the bike network in Eumundi.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey announced the new $1 million bike path that will run from the Eumundi-Noosa Road rail bridge to Seib Road and include a new bridge over the North Maroochy River, saying the project will promote jobs, tourism and healthy living.
Sunshine Coast Regional Council Mayor Mark Jamieson added his delight, saying "the need for a safe link over the North Maroochy River into Eumundi has long been identified by Council and by the Department of Transport and Main Roads and now it will become a reality.
“The existing bridge on Eumundi-Noosa Road has limited provision for cyclists and pedestrians to safely cross the North Maroochy River, so a new solution is clearly required."
The bridge has been identified as a dangerous stretch by transport authorities in the past.
Importantly the new link will also accommodate for horse riding which is popular with the locals in the area.
ALP candidate for Ninderry Mel Dodds said "residents of Seib Rd have been crying out for this critical infrastructure for decades.
Children will now be able to get home safely from school. I thank Minister Bailey and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council for this fantastic initiative”
While only a small upgrade in length (290 metres) it's clear from these reactions that key connections like this can make a big impact to the local community.
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