No bleating at track upgrades
WALKERS have welcomed a move by Townsville City Council to periodically close sections of the popular Goat Track on Castle Hill for upgrades.
Parts of the track will be closed for works which began yesterday and will continue until November 30.
The works involve widening the track, improving safety, erosion control, repairs on existing steps and the installation of new timber and precast steps and drains.
The project is expected to take four months.
Camden Foster walks the track regularly and said he was surprised to see signs about the closure of the track.
He spoke to the Bulletin yesterday after walking half of the track.
“I was a bit concerned I wouldn’t be able to get up but they ( the council) have done a really good job of altering the track so that people can still get up,” he said. “Part of the track has been eroded so they’re fixing that and making it a bit safer for walkers.
“There have been a lot of questions about the safeness of the road ( Castle Hill Road) with cars and walkers.
“To have the tracks in good condition will help.”
There have been calls for the council to install lighting along the track but that doesn’t appear to be part of the plans in this upgrade.
Mr Foster said he would welcome a project to install lighting if funds were available.
The Bulletin spoke to other walkers who also praised the council for upgrading the track.
A spokeswoman for the council said works would begin at Hillside Crescent.
The works will be staged and active work areas will be closed to the public.
Side tracks will be open unless indicated by signage.
The council advises walkers to use alternative tracks where possible such as the Cutheringa Track.
Residents in the vicinity have been sent letters informing them of the closure.
The Bulletin understands site preparations are taking place this week with full works to start next week.
The bulk of the track will remain accessible during the works.
The Queensland Government is funding the upgrades.