Mount Archer's popular Nurim Circuit elevated boardwalk is almost complete and is set to offer even more breathtaking views of the region when it opens later this year.
Stage 1A was opened in March, with Stage 1B linking up to the first stage, doubling the length of the boardwalk.
It's funded by the State Government’s Works for Queensland program ($400,000), Rockhampton Regional Council ($300,000) and is one part of the Federal Government’s investment in Mount Archer under the Regional Jobs Investment Package ($1,500,000).
Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, Member for Keppel, Brittany Lauga, and Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow, met this morning to inspect the progress of the project.
Ms Landry said the project looked to be progressing well and said she was looking forward to seeing the finished project soon.
“Mount Archer is such a great natural asset for the region and the work the Council is putting in really is a credit to them and a celebration of the views the Berserker Range is so famous for,” Ms Landry said.
“This project is part of the important Bowen Basin Jobs and Investment Package that I fought so hard for and I am really impressed with the work that has been done here to date.
“It’s all about delivering jobs and delivering a better, more accessible Mount Archer for every Central Queenslander to enjoy and it’s great to see the three levels of government working together to deliver such good things for the community.”
“It is really exciting to see the second stage of this circuit take shape. The community really embraced the opening of the first stage and once the entire circuit is open it will give visitors more expansive views over the Mount Archer National Park and Rockhampton,” Mrs Lauga said.
“The Palaszczuk Government contributed $400,000 towards Stage 1B and also provided $750,000 in funding towards construction of Stage 1A, as well as a further $450,000 for upgrading the Zamia Track, pathways and mountain bike trails and $40,000 for site and interpretative planning.
“Our funding is helping the Council to deliver a number of projects already, including the popular First Turkey Mountain Bike Reserve, while Works for Queensland funding is going towards the Nurim Circuit canopy walk.
“The Palaszczuk Government will continue to work with the Council to make the most of the mountain and I know that walkers, runners, cyclists and those who just want to enjoy the unique natural beauty are thrilled at the developments.”
Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Margaret Strelow said extending the boardwalk was another step toward unlocking the tourism potential of Mount Archer.
“Mount Archer is a beautiful attraction in the heart of our region and whether you’re mountain biking, bushwalking or having a picnic, we are building a better experience for both locals and visitors when they come up here,” Mayor Strelow said.
“The response from the community to the first stage of the boardwalk was overwhelmingly positive and I have no doubt this second stage will also be a hit with more breathtaking views of the Fitzroy River and region opened up.
“This would not have been achievable without the strong support from both the State and Federal Governments.”