Mapped Gympie bike path likely to get go-ahead

A MAPPED cycling route through Gympie is likely to go ahead after Gympie Regional councillors showed support for an amended draft for the route at yesterday's general meeting.

The Department of Main Roads Wide Bay Burnett Principal Cycle Network Plan uses a "one-network" approach to integrate state-controlled and local government roads and off-road paths to provide a safe and direct cycle path network.

It was endorsed by council yesterday after GRC provided feedback on the proposed route in early August in order to make the route appropriate for the region.

The previous comments contributed to amendments to the draft and suggested the Normanby Bridge section of the network be undertaken first in order for one of the "key links" of the Gympie route to safely cater for a growing Southside population.

Comments also suggested Stumm Rd be included in the network.

Cr Julie Walker said the project would boost tourism, however, Mary Valley Rd past Mary Valley Link Rd, which is set as part of the network, was too narrow to safely accommodate cyclists, and flagged it an issue.

It could be some years before the route is complete, with upgrades of the Bruce Hwy likely to stall the Gympie to Cooroy section of the route by three to four years.