First stage of new footpath up Mt Archer near Rockhampton opens
First section of the Mt Archer walking track now open to public
The path provides a safer way to experience Mt Archer’s bushland and views
The Coalition Government invested $1.5 million in the project
Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts around Rockhampton celebrated today with the opening of the first section of a dedicated walking path up the slopes of Mt Archer.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the opening of Stage 1 for public use was a great day for locals and visitors to the city.
“Pilbeam Drive was opened in May 1965 to provide vehicle access to the top of Mount Archer, around five kilometres from Rockhampton,” Minister Nash said.
“Now, 52 years later, the first stage of a dedicated pedestrian pathway has been built so the more energetic and adventurous among us can walk up the mountain.
“This is the sort of local attraction that helps to build the kinds of communities that our children and grandchildren will want to either stay in or come back to.”
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the key design features of Stage 1 include the construction of about a kilometre of pedestrian walkway and the installation of safety and wayfinding signage
“It’s expected that around 10,000 people a year will take advantage of the new walkway to experience the beauty of Mt Archer and the surrounding region,” Ms Landry said.
“The project has also delivered for the local economy with 19 jobs created during construction of the first stage, many of them local.”
Deputy Mayor of the Rockhampton Regional Council Cherie Rutherford said the upgrade to the Pilbeam Drive walkway was another key element in activating one of the best recreation spaces in the Region.
“Over the past two years Council has worked non-stop to rebuild and restore Mount Archer since Cyclone Marcia and this first stage of the Pilbeam walkway upgrade signifies yet another successful milestone in this journey," Cr Rutherford said.
"Our community has really missed being able to use the mountain during this time, but with the Coalition Government's generous contribution towards the walkway, we can now provide a safer and more enjoyable experience for the people who come to enjoy this beautiful attraction."
The $1.55 million cost of constructing stage 1 of the pathway is being jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($1.5 million) and the Rockhampton Regional Council ($50,000).