The Western Downs Regional Council announced the $1.2 million revitalisation of the Myall Creek Parklands in Dalby on Friday, 26 May.

Part of the funds will give the Jack Cavanagh Pedestrian Bridge a much-needed makeover.

Construction of the new bridge is due to commence in early June and be completed by the end of the financial year. The Council hopes the upgrade to the Parklands will help spark tourism in the local community.

Council spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Councillor,Carolyn Tillman, said that the new bridge will be constructed to modern engineering standards while maintaining its original, authentic character.

“The revitalisation of the Myall Creek Parklands presented Council with a fantastic opportunity to improve the design of the popular Jack Cavanagh Pedestrian Bridge, giving it a fresh new look and feel,” she said.

Tillman said that the bridge is a popular community gathering place with many events and activities taking place at the Parklands.

“The bridge is a well-used community asset, and adds a nice touch to the many recreational and community activities that take place along the creek, such as the Dalby Delicious and Delightful Festival,” she said.

“With this in mind the Council wanted to rebuild the bridge so that it not only continued to provide a safe crossing, but also encouraged residents and visitors to stop and explore this wonderful area of Dalby.”

The new pedestrian bridge has been strategically designed so that people who utilise prams and wheelchairs can also enjoy the iconic community landmark.

“The new Jack Cavanagh Pedestrian Bridge will have a wider deck giving wheelchairs and prams better access across the creek,” said Tillman. 

As an addition to the makeover, the Council will also upgrade the bridge, adding on a viewing platform at the centre.

“The new design incorporates a five meter viewing platform at the centre, encouraging residents and visitors to enjoy the scenery of the Myall Creek,” she said.

The Council plans to replace the existing BBQs and picnic shelters, as well as install a new playground for the community to enjoy. Tillman hopes the beautification of the Parklands will create a more enjoyable setting for locals and visitors.

“This exciting refurbishment will give the Myall creek a fun and welcoming makeover, creating more accessible space for families and tourists to socialise and rest,” she said.

While construction is underway at the Parklands, the bridge will be closed. Pedestrians will be require to detour via Patrick Street Bridge.

Read about Meadowbank, located just across Myall Creek, here.