15 January, 2023
Grant to expand Kuranda walking network
WALKING around Kuranda is set to become easier after Mareeba Shire Council received funding through the Queensland Government’s Walking Local Government Grants Program to undertake a walking network plan.
Mayor Angela Toppin said the Walking Network Plan was essentially a masterplan that would enable council to produce a Priority Work Plan with projects which would then be considered during the budget deliberation process.
“It is hoped that this process can raise awareness of the lifestyle benefits of walking and, in the long run, improve accessibility to safe walking networks which will encourage people to opt to walk, instead of drive,” she said.
The walking network plan was developed in con-sultation with the community, and several new ini-tiatives were identified as well as potential projects to improve sections of the current footpath network.
“This is another step towards developing the priority works program. Council's endorsement of the Walking Network Plan means we can continue to move forward with planning the future works,” Mayor Toppin said.
“Of course, the walking network plan is quite extensive, and therefore council will need to prioritise the works based on safety, connectivity, current demand and potential future demand to ensure that any investment in the future creates the greatest benefit.”