WORKS are set to take place to upgrade the Bowen Cape Edgecumbe Walking Trails, in late 2023, with Whitsunday Regional Council (WRC) confirming exact dates in the near future.
WRC concluded that sections of the trails have been worn down by the weather and require upgrades to make the trail safer and more visually appealing.
The primary focal point will be the Horseshoe Bay end, near the Rotary Lookout, and Murray Bay Road to Rose Bay Lions Lookout.
The trail will be re-built mostly within the existing footprint, but some smaller areas will be slightly re-aligned to improve safety, track width, and mitigate erosion.
The upgrade will involve fixing eroded sections, new drainage, handrails in steep locations, wayfinding signage and replacing damaged steps with pre-cast concrete steps, uniquely shaped for incorporation into a natural setting.
The track will be widened to a minimum of 1.2m, with short sections of the track being widened to 2m to offer resting areas and ease of movement for users.
There will be temporary trails to allow workers to transport material and equipment, however, they will be closed to the public.
WRC has confirmed the temporary trails will be re-vegetated with endemic vegetation following completion of the works.
WRC has launched a ‘Have Your Say’ survey to answer questions or concerns about the works in the lead-up to, or during, construction.
WRC also welcomes ideas for interpretive signage that may be incorporated into future stages.
Visit www. yoursay.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au under Cape Edgecumbe Trail Upgrades.