Stephen Hart of Noble Lakeside Residents Association at the site of the tragedy.
Stephen Hart of Noble Lakeside Residents Association at the site of the tragedy. Alistair Brightman

Plans finalised for footpath upgrade at scene of death

A FOOTPATH at Eli Waters where a man died last year still has not been made safe, but Fraser Coast Council plans for an upgrade have been finalised.

The first stage will extend the footpath from Hervey Bay's Augustus Estate to the intersection of Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd and Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd.

The second stage will connect the upgraded path to an existing path to Eli Waters Shopping Centre.

The upgrade comes after 74-year-old Athol Wyllie suffered head injuries and drowned in a shallow culvert on the other side of Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd last July.

At the time, Mr Wyllie's son Kent Wyllie said the condition of the steep and narrow path would have contributed to his death.

His neighbours at Noble Lakeside campaigned for the upgrade after his death.

The council representative said the footpath plans were developed after meetings between the council, Noble Lakeside residents and Transport and Main Roads.

About $150,000 has been allocated out of the 2013-14 budget for the project, and a further $25,000 will be spent in the next financial year.

The representative said the actual work would start later this year, but could not give a firm date.



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