Pictured above: Cr Ann-Maree Greaney on the new walkway
Residents and visitors can safely walk between Nelly Bay and Picnic Bay with works now complete on the new section of the pedestrian pathway.
The $835,000 Nelly Bay Pedestrian Link was jointly funded by the Townsville City Council and the Queensland Government’s Transport and Tourism Connections Program.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the new pathway enhanced road and pedestrian safety, allowing people to be more active on the island with better connection between the two bays.
“Previously, pedestrians were required to share the road with motorists for a short distance, making it potentially dangerous for all users,” Cr Hill said.
“Now construction has finished, the pathways between the two popular destinations are connected to a hiking track, which will enhance the visitor experience on Magnetic Island and improve safety for people travelling in the area.
“We expect the popularity of Magnetic Island as a tourism destination to continue to grow as visitors look to explore the areas beautiful beaches and natural environment, and Council is committed to renewing and improving infrastructure on the island as this demand grows.
“I want to thank everyone involved in the project. The pathway construction was more complicated than usual because of the location and environment it was being built on.
“I also want to thank locals and visitors on the island for their understanding during the temporary closures of tracks while contractors carried out the work.”
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the Transport and Tourism Connections Program was about improving access to Queensland's world class tourism destinations to enhance the visitor experience and grow the tourism industry.
“Magnetic Island is the jewel in Townsville’s tourism crown, and we want locals and tourists to be able to get around the island safely,” Mr Stewart said.
“The Palaszczuk Government is proud to partner with Townsville City Council and provide $375,000 in funding for this important project.
“This project is a win-win for the community – it will enhance the current pedestrian link while at the same time supporting jobs.”