Community & Business

31 October, 2023

$1.5m boost for Priors Creek

THE much-anticipated Priors Creek development that will transform a disused section of a rail corridor into a high-quality family-orientated recreational area for Atherton has been boosted, with the announcement of more than $1.5 million in State Government funding.

$1.5m boost for Priors Creek - feature photo

The funding will support delivery of shared pathways, signage, lighting, shade trees, bike racks, and an active transport bridge linking the development with residential areas on the northern side of Priors Creek.

Making the announcement last week, Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the funding was part of the Cycle Network Local Government Grants program.

“I’m excited to hear about Tablelands Regional Council’s Priors Creek Development project to revitalise the heart of Atherton and provide a new space for the community to spend time outdoors and keep active together, including opportunities to provide improved options for people walking and riding in the area,” he said.

“The Queensland Government is proud to provide more than $1.5 million in funding to deliver shared pathways, signage, lighting, shade trees and bike racks across the development area.

“The funding will also support construction of an active transport bridge linking the development with residential areas on the northern side of Priors Creek.

“This investment forms part of the $328 million that the Queensland Government has committed towards active transport over the next four years.

“We know that, on average, every dollar we invest in bike infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queensland with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion, and lower transport costs.”

Mayor Rod Marti was thrilled when he received the news.

“This announcement is great news for the Tablelands region, the Priors Creek Development and our ongoing commitment to active transport in our region,” he said.

“The funding is a critical early instalment that will bolster council’s commitment to Stage 1 of the Priors Creek Development.

“It’s also fitting the first money to come through is from the Department of Transport and Main Roads given the Atherton Tablelands Rail Trail is the backbone of Priors Creek.

“We look forward to working with the Government as we transform Atherton into a bustling 21st century centre.”

Last week, Tablelands Regional Council voted to shortlist Lakehouse Properties Pty Ltd and Clarkson Family Trust and ask for written tenders from both parties for the sale of freehold lots as part of the Priors Creek development.


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