Ipswich City Council Division 10 Councillor David Pahlke said council was joining forces with the State Government to jointly fund the construction of the 526 metre long pathway between Edmond and John streets.
“This will be the longest pathway ever built in Marburg in one go and concept designs have been floated past the Marburg Residents Association,” he said.
“The project has been on the drawing boards for about three years and it because the State Government has joined council to fund the pathway that has been able to proceed and we thank them for their important contribution.”
Cr Pahlke said work on the pathway was scheduled to begin in mid-March with an expected construction period of four weeks.
“This project is designed to enhance and increase sport and recreation opportunities for people in the Ipswich region by providing quality infrastructure to allow them to participate in sport and recreational activities.
The new pathway will help to enhance the existing sport and recreation activities that occur in the Marburg community.
“We want to meet the recreation needs of local residents as well as allowing the site to continue to be developed as a venue for sport and recreational activities.”
Cr Pahlke said two warm up benches would be installed along the route of the pathway.
State Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt said the $150,000 project was jointly funded by council and the State Government through the Local Sport and Recreation Program administered by the Department of Communities through Sport and Recreation Queensland.
Mr Wendt said the new walkway was a perfect example of the program’s aims in encouraging the local community to achieve greater levels of participation in sporting activities and events .
“Walking has now become the most popular form of physical activity for many people and the new comfortable walking surface, specifically designed to be shared by both walkers and bike riders alike, will be very well received by everyone wanting to get out and enjoy greater physical and recreational exercise,” Mr Wendt said.