New walking and cycle track opens along the North Pine River

Published 07 June 2023

Councillor Mick Gillam, Kurwongbah MP Shane King and Mayor Peter Flannery stand on the new Ron Thomason Park walkway pedestrian bridge

Moreton Bay residents now have a beautiful new walking and cycle track along the southside of the North Pine River to enjoy thanks to a $1.7 million project linking the existing walking tracks along Mungarra Reserve and Sweeney Reserve.   

The project includes a new bridge and 1.4km of pathway to complete the ‘missing link’ in the footpath from Ron Thomason Park to the Creekview Court in Lawnton and the North Pine Golf Club on Nelson Rd.

Mayor Peter Flannery said this was a wonderful new community asset and thanked local MP Shane King for his advocacy to get this done.

“One of the best parts of living in Moreton Bay is that you can have all the luxuries of living in the suburbs while having access to our spectacular local environment,” he said. 

“The existing walkways along the North Pine River are well used and provide residents with a great walking and cycle track, but this project takes it to another level by providing that missing infrastructure link.

“Previously we didn’t have access to this land but we were able to acquire it from the property owner to finish off the footpath between Ron Thomason Park and Creekview Court near the One Mile Creek Golf Course.”

Kurwongbah MP Shane King said this project provided residents with more options to walk and cycle along one of Moreton Bay’s most beautiful natural assets

“I’m proud that we could help the Moreton Bay Regional Council deliver this awesome new recreational facility for local residents to stay fit and healthy while getting in touch with nature right here in their own backyard,” he said.

“I’ve already seen locals out using the new walkway and cycle path, and I have no doubt it will become even more popular as more and more people discover it.”

Councillor Mick Gillam (Div 8) said Council had also begun planting trees along the pathway to rehabilitate the riverbank area and to provide shade to pathway users in the future.   

“This will not only be a great piece of recreational infrastructure for the entire community to enjoy but it will enhance the local environment with the rehabilitation work we’re doing too,” he said.

“It’s important that we continue to ‘Go Green as We Grow’ by providing much needed infrastructure for our residents while looking after the environment.

This project was initially planned as part of the State Government’s $200 million Works for Queensland program, but has instead been funded by Council due to project timeframes.

Works for Queensland helped create hundreds of jobs for Queenslanders during COVID by providing funding for maintenance and minor infrastructure projects.