A vision to connect Mossman and surrounds via a dedicated shared cycle network continues to roll ahead in 2023.
Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr spent today with Assistant Local Government Minister Nikki Boyd MP showcasing local projects, including a stopover at the recently completed $2.5 million Mossman to Cooya Beach cycleway.
The 2.2-kilometre-long shared cycleway runs from Junction Bridge along Bonnie Doon Road to the Cooya Beach Road intersection at Cooya Beach.
The project was joint-funded by Douglas Shire Council and the Queensland Government under the Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program.
Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said it was terrific to see the shared cycleways move ahead.
“Shared pathways are fantastic projects which enhance the liveability of our beautiful shire and provide visitors with another way to get around,” he said.
“The Far North Queensland Principal Cycle Network plan provides an exciting pipeline of cycleway investment for Douglas.”
“I was delighted to spend the day with the Assistant Minister to show her a number of great projects funded by the State Government and discuss future opportunities to invest in Douglas.”
Council recently finalised the design for a pathway from Mossman Golf Club through to the Newell Beach esplanade and the next step will be to source funding for the construction phase.
Currently several other cycleway projects are under way including the design of an extension to the Port Douglas Road shared pathway and the construction of a shared pathway between the Kubirri Aged Care Centre and Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre.
Douglas cycleways currently underway – January 2023
In 2014, Council resolved to enhance and expand the existing pedestrian and cycleway network across the shire with the aim of becoming the Cycling Capital of Australia.
Over the past eight years, Council has been progressively expanding our cycle network. In addition to gradually completing a 3-metre-wide pathway from Captain Cook Highway through to Crystalbrook Marina,
Council has been planning and building cycleways to connect communities to the Mossman CBD.
- Council has secured funding and planning is well advanced to extend the cycleway 2.4 km from Kubirri Aged Care to the Mossman Gorge Centre.
- The cycleway from Mossman to Cooya Beach turn off has been completed. Planning is underway to extend the cycleway down Melaleuca Drive to the beach.
- The cycleway from the Raintrees to Syndicate Road has been completed. This will be extended to Newell Beach however plans cannot be finalised until the Department of Transport finishes the roadworks on Mossman-Daintree Road.
All these communities are within comfortable cycling distance to Mossman – providing journey to work and journey to school connections.
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