Work began this week on a 1.3km footpath and cycleway that will link Mudjimba and Twin Waters.
The three-metre wide path, on the eastern side of Ocean Drive between Cottonwood Street, Mudjimba and North Shore Road, Twin Waters, will form part of the 96km Coastal bikeway, which, when complete, will stretch from Caloundra to Tewantin.
Sunshine Coast councillor Debbie Blumel said the $880,000 extension to the Coastal network was an important step in encouraging physical activity and would benefit the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors.
“This is great news for walkers and cyclists who can enjoy a safe and enjoyable commute along this beautiful stretch of coastline,” she said.
“Thorough environmental impact assessments were completed for the site and council has chosen to divert the pathway around significant trees rather than removing them.
“This is a great outcome in my view. It is very important to the people that I represent to progress with important infrastructure links while preserving our natural environment.”
Construction and clearing, starting from the North Shore Road intersection and progressing northwards, would be undertaken in three stages to minimise the visual impact.
The council’s bushland services team would move in behind the construction team to revegetate each stage with native plants and mulch.
Weather permitting, work will be completed in three months.
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