The construction of a nature based walking trail at Mount Inkerman will begin in January, 2018.
Burdekin Shire Council this week awarded a tender for the design and construction of the walking track to Living Trails.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the track would utilize natural terrain and natural features as it wound its way through the bush to the summit.
“The trail is a perfect fit with Council’s plan of growing nature-based experiences in the Burdekin,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“It will also really complement the whole precinct we’re creating up at Mount Inkerman.
“The Mount Inkerman lookout is a fantastic spot from which residents and visitors can take in spectacular views of the whole district and Council’s $1.5 million upgrade will ensure it becomes a premier tourist and recreational attraction for our Shire.”
Living Trails has completed notable walking tracks throughout Australia, including the Grampians Peak Trail; the Great Ocean Walk in Victoria; and the Three Capes Walk and Wineglass Bay Lookout in Tasmania.
Cr McLaughlin said the successful tender by Living Trails would see the entire walkway, from the base of the mountain to the summit, completed in just one stage – even sooner than initially expected.
The works are proposed to be completed by March, 2018.
“The offer from Living Trails is to construct a fully developed 1,563m walking trail at Mount Inkerman from the base to the summit,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Additional materials will need to be purchased by Council but the final cost will still be within the budget allocation of $307,000.
“The cost of the Mount Inkerman Walking Trail is included in Council’s 2017/18 Capital Works Plan and is jointly funded by the Queensland Government.
“Council thanks the Queensland Government for supporting this project through a $200,000 grant from the Scenic Lookout Program.”
The track will be one of the final components of Council’s $1.5 million upgrade of Mount Inkerman.
Two new lookout structures, additional car parking, a public concourse and a toilet amenity have already been installed at the summit.
Mount Inkerman Road is currently closed and being upgraded to provide a safer journey to the top for motorists and pedestrians.
For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.