- Wednesday 16 November 2011
Sunshine Coast Council has announced – on Steve Irwin Day, the creation of a new linking corridor between Australia Zoo and Beerwah.
Division 1 Councillor Anna Grosskreutz said that this new trail will strengthen the significant contribution the Australia Zoo makes to the Sunshine Coast.
"I am so pleased to be able to announce that this trail will be built, particularly on this special day that celebrates the life of Steve Irwin," Cr Grosskreutz said.
"Council has committed $500,000 toward this active transport solution.
"It’s essential infrastructure that provides more options for local people and visitors to travel between Beerwah and Australia Zoo."
Australia Zoo’s Terri Irwin said that she was very excited about the project.
"I see the trail as a journey pathway that will ultimately showcase the community of Beerwah," Terri Irwin said.
"There’s potential for public art, picnic tables and quiet places for people to stop and take in the scenery.
"The design will consider interpretive signage to highlight local flora and fauna and provide an interactive experience for users of the trail.
"The project has the potential to encourage some economic stimulus with bike hire or eco tourism in the local area."
Council is currently in discussions with Department of Transport and Main Roads to ensure the trail receives the appropriate approvals and expect that works will start in March 2012.