12 June: Enhanced pedestrian access and mobility in Boonah and Tamborine Mountain feature in footpath improvements included in Scenic Rim Regional Council's 2019-20 Budget.
Enhanced pedestrian access and mobility in Boonah and Tamborine Mountain feature in footpath improvements included in Scenic Rim Regional Council's 2019-20 Budget.
Mayor Greg Christensen said the $754,000 allocated for footpaths in the coming year represented a further step towards the achievement of two key outcomes of the Scenic Rim shared Community Plan vision for the Scenic Rim - an accessible and serviced region and a healthy and active community.
"Walking is one of the easiest ways for people of all ages to boost their health and fitness and a well-maintained footpath network is an important part of encouraging healthy and active communities," he said.
"Walking is also the only form of un-assisted transport that many residents have, due to age, illness or other reasons that prevent them from driving."
Council's Budget provides $300,000 to continue the extension of Tamborine Mountain's Long Road footpath, from Hartley Road to the Tamborine Mountain Sports Association and Curtis Road Crossing.
At Boonah, $160,000 has been allocated for footpath improvements at Highbury Street, from the side entrance of Boonah State School to Leonard Street.
Both footpath extensions will be welcomed by schoolchildren and their parents and will be well-used by the wider Tamborine Mountain and Boonah communities in addition to visitors to the Scenic Rim.
"Footpath improvements also bring an added social dimension as they encourage more people to get out and about on foot and connect with other members of the community," Cr Christensen said.
"Increased pedestrian connectivity contributes to the vibrancy of our Scenic Rim towns and villages and these key footpath improvements are a step closer to achieving that outcome."