Pathway to link entertainment sites and cycling network

Date published: 28 April 2020

Townsville City Council crews are making great progress on a new pathway that will link major entertainment venues and provide a key part of Townsville’s cycling network.

The Charters Towers Road pathway will connect Queensland Country Bank Stadium to the Civic Theatre and the intersection of Charters Towers Road and Boundary Street.

Mayor Jenny Hill said the Charters Towers Road Pathway would make the area more accessible.

“Connectivity is important around major venues and this pathway gives people a great way to walk to the stadium or connect to other paths on their bikes,” Cr Hill said.

“The path has received funding from the Queensland Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program and Council would like to thank the State Government for making this possible.”

The first stage of the one-kilometre path will run from behind the Civic Theatre to the new Reid Park Active Transport Bridge which is also being funded by the Queensland Government.

The second stage will extend the path from the Civic Theatre to the intersection of Charters Towers Road and Boundary Street.

Cr Hill said the pathway will be ideal for fans heading to Queensland Country Bank Stadium and cyclists looking to ride through the city.

“The Charters Towers Road Pathway and the Reid Park Active Transport Bridge will allow cyclists to connect to other bike ways, including the path that was installed in Central Park late last year,” she said.

“It will be a great option for people who are looking for a new spot to get more active.”

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said making sure Townsville was well connected was incredibly important.

“The Charters Towers Road pathway is an important link in the puzzle to connect some of the city’s major entertainment venues,” Mr Stewart said.

“Connecting the new Queensland Country Bank Stadium to other parts of the city is vital.

“The stadium is hugely important to Townsville and making it’s properly connected for pedestrians and cyclists is important.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said he was proud to continue working with Townsville City Council.

“We know that, on average, every dollar we invest in bike-riding infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queenslanders with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion and lower transport costs,” Mr Bailey said.