Mount Inkerman upgrade reaches milestone

Burdekin Shire Council’s major upgrade of the Mount Inkerman lookout has reached an important milestone, with Council awarding two new tenders for works at the site.

Two new lookout structures and additional car parking were installed at the top of Mount Inkerman in August.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said next stage of works would now complete the public concourse area surrounding lookout structures. Mount Inkerman Road will also be upgraded to provide a safer journey to the top for motorists.

“Mount Inkerman is a fantastic natural attraction from which locals, tourists and investors can take in spectacular views of the entire district,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“It’s one of the best lookouts in North Queensland that we’re working on. This picture-perfect spot will be even more accessible for tourists to gain a birds-eye view of our district and for locals to use for fitness and recreation.”

Laser Electrical has been awarded the contract for the final work on the lookout area and East Coast Civil has received the contract for the road improvements to Mount Inkerman Road.

Cr McLaughlin said the concourse area was designed as a space at the summit where people could gather to enjoy the view. “The final work on the lookout includes the construction of the coloured concrete concourse and entry footpath, along with the installation of fencing and sign posts,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“It finishes off what is a great lookout location.

“Roadworks will also be completed on Mount Inkerman Road, the route to the top of the lookout, and involve the construction of several passing lanes. When the roadworks commence, the road will be closed for up to eight weeks.

“There is also going to be a nature-based walking trail built so people can enjoy the walk up the hill. Tenders will be called for this in coming weeks.”

Cr McLaughlin said Council had received shared funding from the Queensland Government to support the completion of the $1.5 million project.

“Council was fortunate to have received two State Government grants – $200,000 from the Scenic Lookout Program and $541,000 from the Significant Regional Infrastructure Projects Program (SRIPP),” she said.

“This project is a wonderful example of two levels of government working together for the benefit of the community. Council thanks the Queensland Government for its support.”

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