Bridge opens safer way

$5.5 mil­lion con­struc­tion com­pleted

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS - Stu­art Cum­ming stu­art.cum­[email protected]­news.com.au

TEENAGE mates Lach­lan Slonim and Zack Schi­fil­liti en­joy their rides to the beach more now they don’t have to dodge traf­fic along a skinny canal bridge.

They rode through a rib­bon held my Mayor Mark Jamieson and La­bor MP Chris Whit­ing last week dur­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the $5.5 mil­lion Mooloolaba Walk and Ride Bridge.

“It does make a big dif­fer­ence,” Lach­lan said of his rides from Moun­tain Creek to Mooloolaba.

Fel­low cy­clist He­len Gav­i­gan said the nearby Bris­bane Rd bridge was a bit nar­row and dan­ger­ous to tra­verse, par­tic­u­larly when there were al­ready pedes­tri­ans on the path.

“It’s really nice to have a nice wide bridge where the (cy­cling) groups can go through,” Mrs Gav­i­gan said.

“My girl­friend and I often ride to Mooloolaba and we have been watch­ing it’s progress.”

Cr Jamieson said the coun­cil had gone halves with the State Gov­ern­ment to build the bridge.

“We want our res­i­dents to have the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy healthy and ac­tive life­styles,” he said.

“It (the bridge) will pro­vide pedes­tri­ans and bike riders with a safer, ded­i­cated route to this pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion just in time for the sum­mer hol­i­days.”

He noted Mooloolaba would re­ceived 23 per cent of the re­gion’s place-mak­ing bud­get in the decade to 2022.

“I guess Mooloolaba is seen as the cen­tral part of the Sun­shine Coast tourism as a des­ti­na­tion.

“Con­tin­u­ing to re-in­vest in the area is im­por­tant to sat­isfy the needs of tourists.”

He said the Coast was com­pet­ing with a range of coastal at­trac­tions.

“There is no doubt it con­tin­ues to pro­vide a chal­lenge for coun­cil be­cause we also recog­nise that we are rep­re­sent­ing a much broader re­gion in the Sun­shine Coast and ev­ery­body, over time, wants a fair go.”

PHOTO: STU­ART CUM­MING

MILE­STONE CROSS­ING: Zach Schi­fil­liti and Lach­lan Slonim cy­cle across the newly-opened Mooloolaba Walk and Ride Bridge.

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