Work starts on next stage of island coastal walk
Work has begun on Stage 2 of the Minjerribah Panorama Coastal Walk at Point Lookout (Mulumba) on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).
Mayor Karen Williams said this stage would include roadway and bus stop upgrades, continuation of the pedestrian pathway from Frenchmans Stairs to Point Lookout Village, completion of the renewal of the stairway to Frenchmans Beach, renewed picnic areas, and parking on the southern side of Mooloomba Road.
“The benefits of this walkway to locals and visitors alike is enormous,” she said.
“The first stage of this fabulous project saw a new, scenic walkway built between Snapper Street and Frenchmans Stairs, delivered in partnership with the Queensland Government, which provided $1 million under the Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package.
“Stage 2 of the project was also developed with the support of the Queensland Government and will see the continuation of the pathway – incorporating boardwalks and trails – to Point Lookout Village, which will complete the walkway link that locals requested during community consultation on the project.”
Cr Williams said that in addition to renewed picnic areas and facilities along the route and new parking, Stage 2 would also see installation of wayfinding and interpretive signage, developed in consultation with Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation to promote the area’s Indigenous cultural heritage values.
“This panoramic walk is a great addition to the island community and, while work is underway, traffic controls will be in place to help ensure vehicle and pedestrian safety as well as access to nearby properties,” she said.
Stage 2 of the project has received State Government funding through the South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program.
Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the timely continuation of the project reflected Council’s investment in the community and recognition of the growing popularity of Minjerribah as a tourist destination.
“With many people choosing to visit the island for day trips and longer stays, accessible ‘walk’ experiences like this make memorable moments for visitors of all ages and abilities,” he said.
“For our Minjerribah businesses recovering from the economic impacts of the pandemic, this project is a great boost.
“For our local flora and fauna, and cultural heritage, the sustainably and sensitively designed walkway brings additional protections that will help preserve these important values now and into the future.
“A few disruptions are expected during construction, but the immediate and longer-term inter-generational benefits for locals and the wider Redlands Coast community make them worth it.”
To find out more about the Minjerribah Panorama Coastal Walk and Stage 2 works, visit yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au