Castle Hill walking tracks to re-open Saturday

Date published: 13 May 2020

Townsville’s popular Castle Hill walking tracks will re-open to foot traffic from this Saturday following recent Queensland Government announcements relaxing some of the COVID-19 physical distancing rules across the state.

The Kissing Point walking track will also re-open.

“The Castle Hill and Kissing Point walking tracks were closed on April 2, following the closure of the majority of the city’s sporting activities in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus,” Mayor Jenny Hill said.

“Particularly with Castle Hill, Council understood it was one of the community’s favourite outdoor fitness destinations, so it was a difficult decision to close the walking tracks entirely and one that has received a lot of attention.”

On Friday (May 8) the Queensland Government announced a three-stage easing of restrictions including, from this Saturday, the ability for the community to engage in outdoor activity.

“We considered what the announcements meant for our city and what the community have been asking for and decided re-opening the walking tracks would be appropriate and very welcomed news for many in the community,” Cr Hill said.

The Mayor said use of the tracks would be closely monitored to ensure users were maintaining social distancing.

“The relaxation of restrictions introduced in response to COVID-19 have been made possible because of the efforts of the Townsville community – and communities right across Queensland – to stop the spread of coronavirus,” she said.

“We are not completely out of the woods yet. The last thing we want to see is a second wave of coronavirus cases, like some other countries around the world have experienced.

“I strongly urge the Townsville community to keep maintaining social distancing and enhanced hygiene practices and if you’re feeling sick stay home and call 13HEALTH or your doctor for advice.”