Forty new active transport projects in Queensland will benefits from grants announced by the State Government late last month.
The Government has awarded a total of more than $10.5 million in local government grants, in addition to the $9.3 million previously committed to projects underway with Queensland councils.
The latest round of recipients includes walking network plans for 26 Queensland towns, from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, to Cassowary Coast, Banana and Longreach.
They also include:
- $2.7 million to construct the Currumbin Oceanway from the Surf life Saving Club to Tomewin Street
- $1.1 million to construct a shared path along Renwick Road, from Carnation Street to Stanbury Street, in Proserpine
- $1 million to construct more of the Sunshine Coast Coastal Pathway along Oceanic Drive, from Coonang Crescent to Koorin Drive in Warana
- Over $860,000 to construct stage 4 of the Pioneer River North Bank shared path, from the Bruce Highway to Discovery Lane, in Mackay
- Over $440,000 to construct a shared path along Philip Street, from Dave Burns Drive to Stockland Gladstone Shopping Centre, in Gladstone
- Over $260,000 to design a shared path from Adidi Street in Bamaga to the wharf in Seisia
The investment is part of Queensland’s Big Build, with $328 million committed over the next four years towards standalone active transport initiatives, including bikeways, shared paths and bridges across the State.
The cycling grants have been provided through the Cycle Network Local Government Grants program, with projects funded on a matched 50/50 basis with local governments.
“We are already delivering close to 158 kilometres of new or upgraded active transport paths and infrastructure on the state network,” Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said.
Active Transport Boost in Bruce Highway Upgrade
Community feedback is invited on a planned upgrade of Queensland’s Bruce Highway from North Lakes to Caboolture, which the State Government says will have significant emphasis on active transport options.
Queensland’s Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, says pedestrian and bike rider facilities are planned for the western side of the highway, between Anzac Avenue and Caboolture-Bribie Island Road, along with improved east-west facilities to better connect communities.
“The section of the Bruce Highway between Anzac Avenue and Caboolture-Bribie Island Road carries up to 110,000 vehicles a day. The traffic volume on the highway during peak periods is forecast to double by 2041,” he said.
The Federal and Queensland Governments have jointly committed $34 million to develop business cases for the project.
Click here for more information or to provide feedback before 20th November.
School Safety Projects
The Queensland Government has also allocated a total of $8.95 million for road safety measures at schools.
Fifty-two projects will receive funding under the School Transport Infrastructure Program (STIP), including improved infrastructure for pedestrian crossings and ‘stop, drop and go’ zones.
In addition, the government is installing flashing school zone signs at another 100 schools.