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Car travel takes backseat in design for Noosa Parade overhaul

Noosa Council is unveiling a design for new pathways and on-road bike lanes aimed at improving safety and access for walkers and cyclists on Noosa Parade, a key route to Noosa’s main tourism precinct.

Noosa Council’s Director Infrastructure Services Carl Billingham said as part of the design, the 1.2km stretch of Noosa Parade between Munna Point Bridge and the Garth Prowd Bridge would be upgraded.

“Noosa Parade is one of the busiest routes for pedestrians and cyclists given its location near tourist accommodation, Hastings Street, Noosa’s Main Beach, and the National Park,” Mr Billingham said.

“The design provides higher-standard infrastructure, with key features including dedicated on-road cycle lanes in both directions, seven new pedestrian refuges, a 2.5m wide shared-use concrete pathway, conduits to accommodate future technologies, and upgraded lighting.

“The design also includes new trees to be planted, in addition to landscaping works that will provide more shade and visual appeal.”

The $200,000 design project is jointly funded by Noosa Council in partnership with the Queensland Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program, with the State Government contributing $100,000 to the project.

The Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program, delivered by Transport and Main Roads, helps local governments to deliver best practice, high quality and safe cycling infrastructure and facilities.

Councillor Frank Pardon said the project’s design was another step in delivering Council’s long-term goal of reducing the community’s reliance on cars.

“We hope this project will encourage more people to leave their cars at home, reducing traffic and greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr Pardon said.

“We encourage everyone with an interest in this project to get online at Your Say Noosa to check out the project design, drop into the libraries, or visit Council Chambers at Tewantin where information displays will be located from November 8 to November 30 2017.”

Construction of the project will depend on feedback to the design and future budget deliberations.

7 November 2017

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