Almost $2 million has been allocated to support Cairns Regional Council to build an active transport bridge across Deep Creek over the next two years.
This investment will see the Northern Beaches Leisure Trail connected between Clifton and Kewarra beaches for the first time.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the funding was part of the Palaszczuk Government’s popular Cycle Network Local Government Grants program.
“Investment in safer bike-riding infrastructure helps get more people riding, more often, and promotes healthy travel,” Mr Bailey said.
“We know that, on average, every dollar we invest in bike-riding infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queensland with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion, and lower transport costs.
“That’s why we have committed $268.8 million in funding over four years to support and encourage bike riding across the state, improving facilities for locals and tourists alike.”
Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said the bridge would be an important part of the Northern Beaches Leisure Trail, providing better connectivity for walkers and bike riders.
“The Deep Creek bridge fills a missing link along the trail between Clifton Beach and Kewarra Beach, where riders currently can’t cross by bike,” Mr Crawford said.
“I know how frustrating it can be for bike riders to go all the way around, adding unnecessary time and effort to the trip, so I know this link will be warmly welcomed.
“The project will include 360 metres of shared path and a 100-metre bridge crossing Deep Creek, allowing active travel along the coast between Yorkeys Knob and Palm Cove.
“We’ve allocated funding for this grant on top of the $43.2 million already committed to projects currently underway with councils across the state.”
Mr Bailey said delivering active transport infrastructure around the state promoted better health outcomes for Queenslanders.
“This budget, we handed down our biggest ever health investment to provide Queenslanders better health services across the board,” he said.
“Getting active is proven to be good for heart health and by building better active transport connections we’ll see more people enjoying Queensland’s great weather and lifestyle.
“If you’ve ever wanted to pump the pedals, there’s never been a better time to give it a try.”