Shovels ready to build a new $1.7m Lawnton to Petrie green link

Published 01 April 2022

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A long-awaited green link along the picturesque North Pine River is on the way, opening up access to some of the most beautiful parks and walking tracks the Moreton Bay region has to offer.

Acting Mayor Jodie Shipway has announced construction of a $1.7 million pedestrian bridge and pathway better linking Lawnton and Petrie will get underway this month.

“We are working to ‘go green as we grow,’ and a large part of this is providing high-quality active transport links like this one, to meet current and future demand,” she said.

“The project will see a three-metre wide shared pathway built on the southern side of the North Pine River, and the eastern side of the One Mile Creek connecting to Creekview Court.

“Construction will also include a cycling and pedestrian crossing to connect to an existing bridge at Mungarra Reserve, Petrie, along with fauna stencilling and signage.”

Division 8 Councillor Mick Gillam said the North Pine River is one of the region’s greatest assets.

“Council is all about encouraging people to get out of their cars and hit the parks and walking tracks - and this spot really is a beautiful one, enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and even horse riders,” he said.

“Major investments like this are an enormous enhancement to our lifestyle and could even turn places like Mungarra Reserve and Ron Thomason Park into active recreation attractions in their own right.

“Being so close to the river, this project presented plenty of challenges in terms of approvals from different authorities, but Council was determined to make it happen.

“Along with projects like the new Youngs Crossing Bridge, the intersection of Beeville and Frenchs Roads at Petrie, and of course The Mill at Moreton Bay, are all designed to boost our local road networks, transport efficiency, and community connectivity for generations to come.

“I want to thank Shane King MP not only for his advocacy on this project, but the hundreds of thousands of dollars he helped us get through the Works for Queensland program."

Mr King said he was looking forward to seeing the project come to life.

“This is a beautiful part of our area and I’m keen to see more funding flow to projects that get more kids kicking a footy in the local park, biking with friends, picnicking by the river, or just enjoying the great outdoors,” he said.

“So I applaud Council for initiatives like the recent ‘Our Moreton Summit’ where residents overwhelmingly said they want a plan for a more sustainable future, with more green space, and even uptake of electric vehicles.

“I know Council is in the process of writing a new sustainability strategy to keep pace with changing technologies and respond to emerging environmental challenges, so I look forward to seeing that reflected in Council’s planning policies because it’s also a priority for our government.”

The works are estimated to take 12 weeks to complete, which includes a 25-day allowance for wet weather.