Locals are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors more with the construction of new footpaths. Photo: Richard Walker
Locals are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors more with the construction of new footpaths. Photo: Richard Walker

CQ towns to receive environmentally friendly footpaths

Footpath upgrades in two Central Queensland towns will divert plastic waste away from landfill and make recreational walking easier for locals.

Isaac Regional Council will carry out the upgrades in various parts of Clermont and Dysart.

Mayor Anne Baker said the environmental benefits were generated by use of recycled plastic in place of steel mesh for reinforcing concrete.

“The steel mesh that would normally go into these footpaths is being replaced by small recycled plastic fibres, which obviously takes plastic out of the environment and locks it away in concrete,” she said.

“The manufacturers also claim production and use of these plastic fibres reduces carbon dioxide emissions and reduces ozone depletion compared with steel mesh, and has a range of other environmental benefits.”

Isaac Regional Council mayor Anne Baker.
Isaac Regional Council mayor Anne Baker.

Cr Baker said the upgrades, expected to be completed in April, was part of Council’s commitment to promoting safety, health and wellbeing across the region.

“We expect the works will be completed in April, just in time for perfect walking weather, so this will help people who want to exercise for their health with a brisk walk on smooth, level paths,” she said.

“The project will see the construction of new footpaths, as well as upgrading of some of our more popular footpaths, and installing disability and pram ramps on existing paths.”

The work is fully funded by the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Grant Program.

Works are scheduled to occur from 6am to 6pm weekdays and 6am to 2pm Saturdays until April 30.

Paths to be upgraded in Clermont and Dysart:

Clermont:

  • Parts of Hoods Lagoon footpath
  • Francis Street extension of footpath from Beatty Street to Clermont Hospital
  • Monash Street from Tropic Street to Francis Street
  • Tropic Street from the railway line crossing to Playfair Street
  • Playfair Street from Tropic Street to Francis Street
  • Installation of disability/pram ramps on existing footpaths

Dysart:

  • Beardmore Crescent from Queen Elizabeth Drive to McCartney Street
  • Shannon Crescent from Queen Elizabeth Drive to Brown Street

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