Kings Beach and Happy Valley boardwalk lights up
  • Friday 18 July 2014

Sunshine Coast Council has partnered with the Caloundra SAFE Committee to install lighting along the boardwalk between Happy Valley and Kings Beach.

Divisional Councillor Tim Dwyer said the committee, which includes representatives from Sunshine Coast Council, Queensland Police, community organisations, Sunshine Coast Access Advisory Group and Meridan State College had raised concerns about the safety of people using the boardwalk at night.

“Council acknowledged their concerns and agreed to install lights along this popular coastal pathway,” Cr Dwyer said.

“A healthy lifestyle is one of this council’s major goals and the coastal pathway encourages an active community.

“It’s imperative that the lighting balances the needs of the community from a safety perspective and at the same time respects the amenity of local residents- especially during these short winter days – so residents and visitors can more conveniently get out and about.

“A range of community groups also use the areas at either end of the boardwalk at Happy Valley and Kings Beach, so the lighting will benefit them as well.

“With the design ensuring the least light spill and therefore the least impact on neighbouring residents, nesting turtles and migratory birds, it's a win all around".

Cr Dwyer said site works on the $86,600 project were almost complete, with final testing underway. The project also allows for additional lighting, if required.

“We’ve already received very positive feedback from the community who are really pleased with the outcome,” Cr Dwyer said.

“They love that this pathway, along such a beautiful stretch of our coastline, can be used by so many more people at all hours of the day and night.

“I’m pleased the Caloundra SAFE Committee supported council in bringing this lighting project to fruition.

“It has really extended its purpose and benefited our community from both a safety and leisure perspective.”