The Rotary Club submitted a request to the Southern Downs Regional Council to construct the walking track across two freehold council land lots. The proposed track will provide a link between the existing walking tracks, located at Red Bridge via Finneys Lane to Alice Street via Mt Marley.
The track construction would be deemed low impact. By using natural clearings already present in the lots, including granite outcrops, the developments would have an extremely minimal effect on the mountain bike trails throughout the area.
Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie says the construction of the walking track represents a collaborative relationship between the council and Rotary.
“Construction of the walking track will benefit both locals and tourists who can further enjoy the spectacular scenery around Stanthorpe,” Dobie said.“This construction fits in perfectly with the Council’s commitment to develop a network of walking and cycling infrastructure to support alternative transport methods.”
One of the lots intended to be a part of the walking track contains part of the water treatment plant and the evaporation pads.
“Because it’s a low impact project, at most, the removal of some minor shrubs or the placement of decomposed granite fill maybe required,” said Chris Whitaker, Manager Works Maintenance and Open Space.
The project has only just been approved, and although no construction plans have been confirmed as of yet, the Southern Downs Regional Council will keep the public updated with progressions.
Read more about community development plans here.