Walking to school becomes safer for kids every year
  • Friday 17 April 2015
Sunshine Coast Council Beerwah footpath pathway

Council spends about $400,000 each year to upgrade pathways in areas well-travelled by school children – and this financial year the focus is on Beerwah.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the targeted pathway improvements were a TravelSmart initiative.

“This funding is allocated to improve pathways and road crossings within a one kilometre radius of a school to create a safer path for children who walk and ride to school,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Council is encouraging more people to choose active transport, and quality infrastructure is vital for that to happen.

“Increasing the number of people who walk and cycle – and removing cars from the road – helps us become Australia’s most sustainable region.

“Beerwah is the third school precinct area which Council has upgraded through this dedicated funding – pathways around Coolum and Maroochydore schools were improved in recent financial years.”

Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski said pathways on four streets had been constructed in Beerwah under this program.

“We have constructed 2m-wide concrete pathways from Roberts Rd (between the sports ground and rail line) toward Kello Rd, and in the Beerwah Heights area along Chantilly Cres, Parkside Dr and Belton Ct,” Cr Baberowski said.

“Many young families live in this area and these new pathways will encourage parents and school children to be more active, and provide a safer route to and from school.

“By improving the connections to shops and open spaces, they will also benefit the wider Beerwah community.

“Council aims to increase the pathway networks across the region as quickly as we can afford to and there are many other pathways being upgraded or constructed as part of the $111 million Capital Works Program.”