Castle Hill walking tracks to be upgraded

Date published: 25 July 2017

Two of Castle Hill’s most popular walking tracks will be upgraded thanks to Townsville City Council and the Palaszczuk Government’s Works for Queensland (W4Q) funding.

Work will be carried out on the Goat Track and Cudtheringa Track from July 18 to November 30 to improve walkability and safety.

The two tracks carry upwards of 8000 people each week.

he project is part of the $21.8 million council has received from the Palaszczuk Government to deliver 51 projects through the Works for Queensland program.

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said $846,500 has been provided for the Goat Track and Cudtheringa Track upgrades through the Palaszczuk Government’s Works for Queensland program.

“These are the kind of great community infrastructure projects that Works for Queensland is making possible right across the Townsville region, delivering jobs and stimulating the local economy,” Mr Stewart said.

“Castle Hill is an absolutely iconic Townsville destination and I’m very proud that that these upgrades will deliver a great experience for locals and visitors alike.

“Townsville City Council alone has received more than $21.8 million from the Palaszczuk Government through this program and council estimates the 51 projects will employ more than 375 local people.”

Works will include:

  • Track widening
  • Improving track safety
  • Erosion control
  • Installation of new timber and precast steps
  • Drains
  • Landing areas

Infrastructure Committee chair Cr Mark Molachino said safety for walkers was the priority.

“We know how much Townsville residents love to walk the hill so it’s important that we maintain these tracks for everyone’s safety and enjoyment,” Cr Molachino said.

“While we will endeavour to keep the tracks open to the public, it may be necessary to close the tracks at various stages throughout the works. As works progress, we ask that the public remain vigilant for updates regarding closures.”

Pedestrian management will be in place to guide and advise users of detours and closures.

The Castle Hill track upgrades have been funded by the Queensland Government’s $200 million Works for Queensland (W4Q) program.