A significant step is about to be taken on a 73km coastal path that stretches from one end of the Sunshine Coast to the other.
Work is about to start on a key 1km section of path at Kawana, as part of continued builds and upgrades to the Sunshine Coast Coastal Pathway, which runs from Coolum Beach in the north to Bells Creek in the south.
A Sunshine Coast Council spokesperson says the “exciting new link” in the route will be between beach access 229 and 233 (Koorin Drive and Coonang Crescent), which is a popular stretch for locals and holidaymakers.
The new section is being funded by the council ($1.37m) and the state government ($1m) via the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program.
The Coastal Pathway is a multiple-stage project that will be completed over several years, subject to available funding.
It is split into nine segments, allowing locals and visitors to take advantage of the region’s spectacular beaches and parks.
Some sections of the pathway have been built and some have been upgraded, while others are in line to be built or upgraded.
The spokesperson said the Coastal Pathway could be renowned on a global stage.
“Council’s vision is for this pathway to be a world-class scenic route, connecting the coast through beaches, parks and open spaces,” they say.
The pathway connects towns and suburbs throughout the region.
“The pathway provides people with the opportunity to explore the coast’s natural beauty, services and businesses,” the spokesperson says.
They say route is a great fit for the region’s reputation as a health and wellbeing hub.
“These safe, connected pathways are great for residents to have some fun with family and friends and it’s a wonderful way of seeing the beauty of the coastline while staying active,” the spokesperson says.
“The Coastal Pathway is part of the Sunshine Coast Council Community Strategy 2019-2041 which empowers our community to live a healthy and active lifestyle and meets the needs of people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.”
The spokesperson urges riders, joggers and walkers to be safe on the path.
“Council reminds everyone to share the path when out and about,” they say.
“All users should have respect for others and slow down, keep left, pass on the right and don’t block the pathway for others.”
The upgrades are part of a $10.5m state government boost to active transport measures around Queensland.
“Active transport isn’t just cheaper than using a car,” Transport Minister Mark Bailey says.
“It’s much better for your health and we think Queenslanders deserve world-class active transport facilities.”
The path is suitable for riders, joggers and walkers.
“The Cycle Network Local Government Grants program supports local government all across Queensland to deliver priority bike routes in their area, helping connect the state on two wheels,” Mr Bailey says.
“We know that, on average, every dollar we invest in bike infrastructure will return nearly $5 in economic benefit to Queensland, with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion and lower transport costs – meaning this investment has a value of nearly $60 million to Queenslanders.
“By supporting local governments to plan better walking environments, we are helping to make walking an easy choice for everyone, every day – particularly for short trips.”