Bridge opens safer way
$5.5 million construction completed
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.”
MILESTONE CROSSING: Zach Schifilliti and Lachlan Slonim cycle across the newly-opened Mooloolaba Walk and Ride Bridge.