Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Councillor Column With Councillor Mike Brunker

As we head into mid-August, preparations are well underway for the much-awaited Cape Edgecumbe Walking Trail upgrades which are due to commence shortly.

The first stage of the upgrade will start at Murray Bay Road and stretch to Rose Bay Lions Lookout and Mother Beddock Rock. These initial works are set to take place between the 4th of September and early October.

The second phase is due to commence on the 2nd of October at the Horseshoe Bay end of the trail, and is estimated to be completed by late November.

The Cape Edgecumbe Trail is walked by many locals and tourists alike, and for this reason it is imperative that we set the time aside to upgrade the weathered sections to restore safe access for all.

Works will include repairing the eroded sections, adding new drainage, handrails and wayfinding signage, and the replacement of damaged steps with pre-cast concrete steps. We will also be widening the track to a minimum of 1.2m, with short sections widened to 2m to allow resting places and passing points.

The project has been funded by the Commonwealth Governments Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.  Further stages will be completed as grant funding becomes available.

I am so excited to see what the new tracks will look like, and I can’t wait to get back out there again and enjoy the unique scenery and viewpoints that Bowen has to offer.

In other news, last week Council approved a sponsorship of $25K of in-kind support to assist the Don River Dash.

This prestigious and one-of-a-kind event has exploded in size and popularity since its homegrown roots in 2019. Starting with only 90 competitors and 100 spectators in its inaugural year, this year the Don River Dash has 400 open competitor entries and is expected to draw crowds of over 5000 people!

This event not only attracts bike and motor enthusiasts; having gained Destination Queensland and Tourism Events Queensland recognition, the Don River Dash also puts Bowen and the Whitsundays on the map for all to see.

We are so happy to be able to provide assistance to these types of events to ensure that world class experiences like these can continue to take place in our very own back yard.

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