Council drafts Walk and Cycle Plan

SAFE and connected is how the region's cyclists want to feel and those aspects have come out as top priorities in the council's draft Walk and Cycle Plan.

The plan is a long-term vision of what facilities and infrastructure should be provided for walkers and cyclists.

It proposes an expansion of the Fraser Coast's walk and cycle paths from the current 218km of paths to 525km of walk and cycle tracks.

Part of the vision is a link from Hervey Bay to Maryborough and from Urangan to River Heads.

If implemented the plan is expected to cost about $115 million over the next 20 years.

Several community groups were consulted during the development of the strategy, including the Maryborough Cycling Club, the Heart Foundation Walking Group and the Fraser Coast Bicycle User Group.

Fraser Coast BUG secretary Lana Stewart said maintenance of current paths was just as important as the expansion of the network.

“We would like to see the existing paths better maintained, especially the link corridor in Hervey Bay. We have a lot of trouble with broken glass on that path,” she said.

The council's strategy includes plans for Maryborough, Hervey Bay and smaller outlying towns. Detailed maps of the proposed paths can be accessed on the council's website:

Public comments on the draft plan are being accepted until October 8.

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