A new nature-based walking trail is set to connect the shop precinct at the base of Mount Inkerman with the tourist lookout at the summit.
Burdekin Shire Council has called for tenders for the design and construction of the first stage of the 1080m long track, which will utilize natural terrain and natural features as it winds its way through the bush to the summit.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the trail was a perfect fit with Council’s plan of growing nature-based experiences in the Burdekin.
“The Burdekin has a lot to offer and opportunities for nature-based tourism and recreation is one area with so much potential to grow in our Shire,” Cr McLaughlin said,
“Mount Inkerman Road is already popular with many local using it for fitness and recreation.
“The addition of a new ‘goat track’ style walkway will provide a dedicated new route to the top for walkers and really complement the whole area we’re creating up there.”
The track will be one of the final components of Council’s $ 1.5 million upgrade of Mount Inkerman.
“This picture perfect spot will be even more accessible and user friendly, offering tourists and locals a panoramic lookout from which to take in spectacular views of the entire district,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Two new lookout structures, additional car parking and a public concourse have already been installed at the summit and a toilet amenity is under construction. Mount Inkerman Road is currently closed and being upgraded to provide a safer journey to the top for motorists and pedestrians – at this stage it is anticipated to reopen in mid-December.”
Tenders for the walkway were called last week and close on 13 November.
The works are proposed by be completed by March, 2018.
Cr McLaughlin said Mount Inkerman upgrade was a wonderful example of two levels of government working together for the benefit of the community.
“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.
“Council thanks the Queensland Government for its support.”