Elimbah residents will find it easier to get out and about thanks to construction of a new much-needed footpath along Bigmor Drive.
The new 3.5km concrete footpath will be constructed between Pumicestone Rd and Mansfield Rd, providing the “missing link” in the local footpath network in the area.
The $700,000 project was jointly funded by the Federal Government under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program ($500,000) and Moreton Bay Regional Council ($200,000).
Member for Longman Terry Young said he was delighted to see work begin on the new footpath.
“Mums and dads with prams and people with mobility issues will find it much easier to get to local shops and parks thanks to this new footpath,” Mr Young said.
“It will also provide safe pedestrian access to the massive new commercial development next to the iconic Big Fish Tavern, anchored by a new Bunnings Warehouse.
“I’m pleased that the Federal Government has been able to contribute $500,000 to this project which will benefit local residents and support local jobs during construction.”
Construction of the new footpath was expected to be completed in early April, weather permitting.
“I’m looking forward to seeing its completion along with the other projects in Longman that have been funded under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCIP),” Mr Young said.
The LRCIP is a Federal Government program that supports local councils to deliver priority local projects that support jobs and help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moreton Bay Mayor Peter Flannery said it was great to see Mr Young successfully take this fight to Canberra and secure funding for a such an important project for the people of Elimbah.
“Council has been busy progressing as many infrastructure projects as possible over the past year to help Moreton Bay Region bounce back from COVID-19 stronger than ever,” Mayor Flannery said.
“The Federal Government’s assistance for Bigmor Drv has allowed us to fast-track construction and keep locals on the tools when it’s needed most.
“This is a demonstration of what can be achieved for a community when levels of government come together, and I thank Terry for his partnership on this.”
Councillor Tony Latter (Div 12) said these footpath works would have a massive impact on the quality of life for Elimbah residents.
“If COVID-19 taught us anything it was the value of getting outside, exercising and getting some fresh air,” Cr Latter said.
“This footpath will connect the Elimbah community across a huge stretch of road, whether it’s for recreation or just grabbing some groceries it’ll all be much easier once complete.
“Not only is this project a great economic stimulator, but it’s an upgrade on quality of life as our region grows.”
Other Longman projects funded under the LRCIP include new lights at Bob Brock Park in Dakabin, a new fauna overpass at Woorim, and work is already under way to upgrade Collins Park (Summerfield Drv) in Caboolture.