Council workers Neville Spence, Barry Lindemann and Jy Millers.
Council workers Neville Spence, Barry Lindemann and Jy Millers. Tanya Easterby

$1m worth of new pathways built

CYCLISTS and pedestrians should be a lot safer riding and walking in our region after an injection of $1 million into new paths this financial year.

Gympie Regional Cr Larry Friske said about 3.7km of new paths had been built in the region.

Some of the bigger projects had been rolled out in Gympie with new paths from James Nash State High School and Gympie State High built to improve safety.

A new path along Duke St even includes a bridge over a dangerous section of gully.

Cr Friske said many pedestrians used to have to walk on the road between the guardrail and cars to walk up the street. The new path links James Nash to existing paths leading to the city centre.

Paths competed from Gympie High link the school to the busy One Mile sporting precinct.

Cr Friske said children could now cross at the traffic lights outside the school and follow a new path down Cootharaba Rd to One Mile.

The new paths, which used 50% State Government funding, have been built wide enough to allow joint use by cyclists and pedestrians.

Construction of new bike paths on Coral Trout Dr at Tin Can Bay is set to start soon.