No bleat­ing at track up­grades

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­DREW BACKHOUSE

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.

WORK ON TRACK: Cam­den Fos­ter, 23, of Wul­guru af­ter walk­ing the Goat Track yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. Pic­ture: SCOTT RADFORD- CHISHOLM

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