New footpaths get the nod
  • Wednesday 12 November 2008

New footpaths linking Meridan State College to the nearby shopping precinct at Little Mountain have been announced by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

The road works, planned for the busy intersection of Parklands Boulevard and Village Way in Little Mountain, will be a great boost for this booming family growth area, according to Division 1 Councillor Anna Grosskreutz.

“The lack of safe walking options has been a major worry for local families and I know from my many discussions with concerned residents that the new footpaths will be widely welcomed,” she said.

“Council has been working with Meridan State College and the wider community on ways to improve pedestrian safety, so this is a great outcome for all residents and school children who live or attend school in this area.”

The footpaths are expected to be laid by the first half of next year, thanks to a 50/50 funding split between council and the State Government.

One of the new footpaths will extend from the shopping precinct to Meridan State College along the south side of Parklands Boulevard. Another footpath will be built south of the intersection of Parklands Boulevard and Village Way, with plans to extend it even further to the Caloundra Road bus stop.

In addition to the footpaths, this busy intersection will also get new traffic signals within weeks: “The traffic lights were fully funded by council in response to requests from local residents who were concerned about the increasing volume of motorists using this strip,” Cr Anna said.

A grant to construct cycle paths in the area was also approved, giving even more safe transport options to local residents in future.

“I congratulate council and the State Government for recognising the need to act swiftly to improve this growing family community.”