Coolum residents who have lobbied long and loud for a footpath in Russell Street have had a win.
Councillor Vivien Griffin said she has been able to “wring some blood out of the stone” during capital works budget discussions, to allow construction of footpaths along Russell Street, and in the Lions Park to the toilets, to facilitate disability and pram access for young mums.
“The Russell Street path is a commitment I gave earlier this year after meeting with residents from the Coolum Concerned Residents Action Group, who have been seeking action on a number of issues since 2002,” Ms Griffin said.
Residents have also requested traffic calming around the Banksia and Santa Monica avenues intersection.
She said funds had also been allocated to address three key elements of the Coolum Integrated Land Use and Transport Plan.
These include planning for the extension of South Coolum Road to connect to Suncoast Beach Drive, reviewing traffic congestion around the Coolum Primary School and finalising a master plan for the David Low Way from Birtwill Street to Beach Road.
She admitted the challenge would then be to get the funds necessary to commence the work.
Ms Griffin also said work on safety lighting along the pathway from the Coolum sports complex to the Emu Mountain estate should also be commenced this year, using solar lighting.
“However, I encourage residents who are currently working on a petition to continue their efforts,” she said.
Ms Griffin was “reasonably confident” that she would also have enough funds left to continue the footpath along South Coolum Road.
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