Recreation trails receive a 15-year plan
  • Thursday 23 March 2017
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Walkers, hikers, mountain bikers, horse riders and canoeists will benefit from a 15-year plan to improve the Sunshine Coast’s recreation trails.

Council today endorsed a draft plan that will see it partner with the State Government, community and sports groups to enhance what is available for everyone who loves to get outdoors in our fantastic environment and climate.

The Recreational Trails Development Plan identifies 10 key projects across the Coast that will be slated for further development including:

  • Glass House Mountains Seven Peaks Walk and Regional Trail Network
  • Nambour to Coolum Recreation Trail
  • Parklands Conservation Park Recreation Trails
  • Sugar Bag Road Mountain Bike Trails
  • Northern Region Recreational Trail networks (Eumundi, Doonan, Lake Weyba)
  • Buderim Walking Community Plan Trail
  • Sunshine Coast Great Bike Ride (from Beerburrum to Eumundi)
  • Mooloolah River Recreation Trail
  • Canoe Trail development in the Maroochy River, Mooloolah River, Bells Creek Horse riding access improvements at known horse riding sites 

Working alongside community groups and government agencies, council will now proceed with scoping and planning work across the projects.

“This is ultimately about working with the community, for the community,” Community Portfolio Cr Jenny McKay said.

“State Government market research indicates that 41% of Queenslanders exercise on a walkway or path, compared with 27% who exercise at a gym.

“Activities such as walking (63%), running (18%), jogging, swimming (17%), bushwalking (14%) and leisure cycling (9%) rated amongst the most popular exercise activities in the state.

“Council will focus our efforts on public land, and work with various agencies to identify local linkages to encourage the community to take advantage of our spectacular natural surroundings, and promote these unique nature-based experiences to visitors to the region.”

Local projects will be progressed individually, with full community consultation ensuring residents have every opportunity to help shape their local trail or recreation area.

The outcomes of initial studies, consultation and design will inform the costs and budgets required for individual projects as they progress.

Further information is available on council’s website.