ON RIGHT TRACK WITH UP­GRADES

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANNI SHAFIK

UP­GRADES are un­der way on two of Cas­tle Hill’s most pop­u­lar walk­ing tracks, with more than $ 800,000 in fund­ing to en­sure they are in pris­tine con­di­tion for walk­ers.

Work on the Goat and Cudtheringa tracks is funded un­der the Townsville City Coun­cil and State Govern­ment Works for Queens­land pack­age, with up­grades ex­pected to be com­plete by No- vem­ber 30. The work in­cludes track widen­ing, ero­sion con­trol and new steps, drains and land­ing ar­eas.

The coun­cil’s In­fra­struc­ture Com­mit­tee chair Cr Mark Mo­lachino said safety was the pri­or­ity with more than 8000 walk­ers us­ing the tracks ev­ery week.

“While we will en­deav­our to keep the tracks open to the pub­lic, it may be nec­es­sary to close the tracks at var­i­ous stages,” he said. “We ask that the pub­lic re­main vig­i­lant for up­dates re­gard­ing clo­sures.”

Townsville MP Scott Stewart said Cas­tle Hill was an iconic des­ti­na­tion and the up­grades would de­liver a great ex­pe­ri­ence for walk­ers.

Pedes­trian man­age­ment will be in place to ad­vise users of de­tours.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

WALK THE WALK: Cr Mark Mo­lachino and St Ge­orge Project Ser­vices’ Ruth Pav­ils on the Goat Track.

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