Rockhampton Regional Council, Media Release, 13 July 2021
Almost $1 million of footpaths have been constructed throughout the region thanks to a joint project between the State Government and Rockhampton Regional Council.
As part of the State Government’s Works for Queensland Round 3 program nearly 2.5kms of footpaths have been added over the last 18 months.
Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke welcomed the joint investment.
“We’re working together with Rockhampton Regional Council to deliver $1 million worth of footpaths across Rocky,” Mr O’Rourke said.
“The Palaszczuk Government is investing in regional communities and we can see that investment right here.”
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the investment was helping to drive the region’s economic recovery.
“Rocky’s economic recovery is well and truly underway, with projects like this creating jobs and building vital Council infrastructure,” Ms Lauga said.
“Upgrades like these are making our community more accessible for everyone, and delivering local jobs while we’re at it.”
Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams said the footpaths were identified as missing links in the footpath network, which he hopes will help encourage more walking and cycling in the region.
“The Works for Queensland Funding has helped us fill in missing links in our footpath network and will go a long way to increase community connectivity through the creation of walking circuits for everyone to enjoy,” Mayor Williams said.
“An example of this is the new footpath on Norman Road, near Juds Park, which I am sure people have no doubt been enjoying since its completion last year.
“These works have filled in missing gaps so that there is an almost complete 3.5km loop connecting Norman Road to Dean Street, Kerrigan Street, and back around via Moores Creek Road.
“These paths have also provided a connection from Norman Road to the walking path on Frenchville Road for anyone looking for that bit more distance in their walking route.”
Infrastructure Councillor Ellen Smith said the program has specifically focused on new footpath infrastructure.
“The works on Norman Road have involved construction of concrete footpaths as well as some modification of stormwater drainage,” Cr Smith said.
“We know that the time and delays involved in building new paths can be a bit frustrating however I’m sure we can all agree that having these links is a big win for the community.
“We are extremely appreciative to have received funding through Round 3 of the Works for Queensland program for not only the footpaths on Norman Road but also for paths on Gavial Gracemere Road, North Street, Elphinstone Street, Thozet Road, Kerrigan Street, Nobbs Street, Berserker Street, Lion Creek Road, Springfield Drive, Morgan Street, and Graeme Acton Way.”