Walkways plan for island Maggie on new track
WALKING tracks to open up previously inaccessible parts of Magnetic Island are a step closer with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service planning a list of projects for funding.
QPWS has identified tracks and lookouts as key recreational opportunities for the island.
It follows operators’ calls for new walking tracks to help attract visitors from the adventure tourism market.
QPWS said it was reviewing different options.
A spokeswoman said new tracks and lookouts had been identified.
“There are a number of factors which need to be considered including protection of natural/ cultural resources, the various conditions on the island, future use, safety, cost and ongoing maintenance,” she said.
“QPWS rangers are working through these issues to identify a priority list to put forward in the state wide prioritisation program for consideration for capital funding.
“Tracks and lookouts have been a key value identified through QPWS Magnetic Island planning processes.”
Walkways and associated infrastructure similar to that on Kangaroo Island, Tasmania and in New Zealand have been suggested.
The walks would be marketed to tourists looking for either a nature or adventure experience.
Walks that include stunning scenery and high- quality infrastructure have been hugely successful in attracting tourists in Australia and overseas.
A QPWS spokeswoman said no deadlines had been set yet for construction.
“No deadlines have been set for new tracks but existing tracks will continue to be upgraded as part of routine capital and maintenance programs in QPWS,” she said.
“QPWS rangers are continuing to work closely with community partners, other local land managers and neighbours to realise improved community benefits.
“All new projects, including new walking tracks, would need to be assessed in regards to the environmental values of the park and the potential impacts and benefits of each proposal.”