Feds and council splash $900k for Bay pathway
PEDESTRIANS and cyclists can soon travel between Nikenbah and Urraween with the federal government and the council funding a pathway between the two suburbs.
At Chapel Rd on Tuesday morning, Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt and LNP candidate for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien promised $439,750 for the trail along the old railway corridor.
The Fraser Coast Regional Council will match the funding, taking the cost to almost $900,000.
The pathway is funded under the latest round of the federal government's Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program.
Mr O'Brien said the investment in tourism infrastructure would help attract more visitors to the region and provide a boost for the local economy.
"The trail will be constructed for use by pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders and will be accessible for year round use," he said.
Mr Pitt said the investment in the tourism industry would have an important flow-on effect, providing a boost to jobs and economic growth in the region.
"As a community infrastructure project - in conjunction with the Fraser Coast Regional Council which is matching the funding - it will also have positive flow-on effects to provide families and individuals with more facilities to get active," Mr Pitt said.
"Regular exercise reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer and obesity.
"It can also help manage stress, alleviate depression and anxiety, strengthen self-esteem, enhance mood and boost mental alertness."
The funds are being provided through the Australian Government's TDDI program which provides Queensland with $7.8 million to be invested in local projects over four years.