Major Projects Portfolio and chair of the Recreation Trail Reference Group, Councillor Debbie Blumel, said the Sunshine Coast is well known for its network of regionally significant trails such as the Great Walks, the Coastal Pathway, the Noosa Trail, the Cooloola Way and mountain bike trails at Tewantin and Parklands.
“The Sunshine Coast Recreation Trail Plan 2012 proposes to build on the strengths of the existing trail network that is highly valued by locals and visitors for bushwalking, horse riding and mountain bike riding,” Councillor Blumel said.
“The plan outlines actions to improve the existing recreation trail network through linkages and upgrades and provide a more equitable distribution of local trails.
“It includes a network blueprint that prioritises upgrades of existing trails, proposes new trails and infrastructure, and identifies trail proposals requiring additional investigation.
“The plan informs the allocation of funding to recreation trail development and promotes a more consolidated approach to trails planning, delivery and promotion on the Coast over the next 10 years.”
The Recreation Trail Reference Group was established in 2010 by council to create a partnership between land managers, user groups and council representatives, and to enable trail planning and operations to be discussed in an open and collaborative forum.
“As Chair of the Recreation Trail Reference Group, I am delighted to see the progress that has been made on the plan,” Cr Blumel said.
“The Group’s overarching vision for the plan was – to ensure a variety of trails are available for residents and visitors so they may safely enjoy the Sunshine Coast landscape on mountain bike, horse back or by walking.
“I believe that the plan we presented to council has met this vision and I’m looking forward to getting on with the job of implementing the actions it contains.”