Locals and visitors to Caloundra can look forward to improved connectivity and better views of Bribie Island and the picturesque Pumicestone Passage after the completion of Tripcony section of the Coastal Pathway.
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the $3.3million Sunshine Coast Council project provided an important pedestrian and cycle link between Golden Beach and the Caloundra CBD.
“The construction of this pathway between Leach park at the northern end of Golden Beach and Tripcony Lane will provide access for pathway users who previously had to detour around the Caloundra Waterfront Holiday Park and reconnect at Maloja Avenue,” he said.
“There is now an almost continuous pathway link stretching 10km from Bells Creek in Golden Beach to Tooway Lake.
“This link is part of council’s overall Coastal Pathway that will eventually run from Bells Creek to Tewantin.”
The project includes construction of a new rock wall and landscaping works in Leach Park.
Cr Dwyer said two three-metre wide concrete bridges that span the creeks were also constructed as part of the pathway link.
“These new bridges will enable pedestrians to traverse down Tripcony Lane, beside the Coast Guard and across to Leach Park which will offer beautiful views across the Pumicestone Passage,” he said.
“Both timber bridges match the look of similar pedestrian bridges that feature on the Sunshine Coast’s 96km Coastal Pathway.”
Cr Dwyer said a section of new pathway link that consists of a road reserve easement between the Caloundra Waterfront Holiday Park and Sails Resort would be accessible to the public only during daylight hours.
“This is to protect the privacy and peace of residents and users in the neighbouring Caloundra Waterfront Holiday Park and Sails Resort during the night,” he said.
“Caravan Park management will open and close the gates to this easement.
“This daylight hours agreement was reached through negotiations with the Department of Environment and Resource Management and SEQ Properties.
“Council supports the conditions of this agreement and thanks both the State Government and SEQ Properties for the outcome.”
Council reminds pedestrians that the Coastal Path is accessible via Short Street during the hours when the road reserve easement is closed.