Pathway project to promote a healthier lifestyle

Date published: 19 February 2020

Townsville City Council has started work on a project to replace the timber walkway near X-Base Backpackers in Nelly Bay on Magnetic Island.

Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said local building contractor Jackson+Semler would complete the project, which will see some 110 metres of new pathway installed.

“Nelly Bay is the first stop for most tourists and locals arriving on Magnetic Island so this walkway will be well used by residents and visitors,” Cr Greaney said.

“The project will remove timber floorboards, joists, braces and bearers and install a fibreglass reinforced plastic pathway that will be great for walkers, runners and cyclists.

“I’m confident the upgrade will encourage more people to exercise while they’re on the Magnetic Island.”

Cr Greaney said the project is expected to be finished in two months.

“Nelly Bay residents will see workers on site six days a week,” Cr Greaney said.

“This is another example of governments working together to help the community – this project is funded by the Queensland Government under its Works for Queensland program.

“The Queensland Government and Townsville City Council are working to improve infrastructure and create local jobs.”

The pathway project is expected to support five jobs.

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart welcomed the Nelly Bay project, adding that Townsville City Council was benefitting from close to $70 million of local infrastructure investment across the three rounds of Works for Queensland.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s investment of more than $69.6 million in 96 projects has already helped deliver 1,234 local jobs,” Mr Stewart said.

“By the conclusion of the 2019-21 program, council estimates a further 175 jobs will have been created or supported.

“The Palaszczuk Government is proud to be contributing to this outstanding result for the Townsville community and the council has done a fantastic job in delivering these projects.”

Cr Greaney said she hopes residents can be patient during the project.

“The road near the walkway will be reduced to a single lane with temporary traffic control onsite to guide motorists,” Cr Greaney said.

“The walkway will be closed but pedestrians will have access to the closed traffic lane.

“There will be some disruptions in the area during the works and I hope residents and tourists can be patient.  I have no doubt the finished product will be very popular.”