Step forward for Rifle Range Creek
A PEDESTRIAN footbridge across Rifle Range Creek at Bargara is set to form part of a $520,000 capital works project to be undertaken by Bundaberg Regional Council.
The work is scheduled to start today and the council said it expected it to be completed by the end of February next year.
The council's divisional representative Councillor Greg Barnes said the project would finalise the "missing link" between existing pathways from Coral Reef Park and Turtle Cove Park.
Cr Barnes said the work would involve the construction of about 700m of 2.5m-wide concrete pathway and the connecting pedestrian bridge across Rifle Range Creek.
"This project has been the subject of extensive community comment as well as significant discussion involving several government departments," he said.
Cr Barnes said Rifle Range Creek was a haven for various wetland birds that visited the site including the mangrove gerygone, masked lapwing and the black-fronted dotterel.
"In 2009, Bundaberg Regional Council and the Burnett Mary Regional Group undertook a $30,000 project to plant 2.5ha of native coastal trees to provide a riparian buffer," he said.
"This created a physical barrier for stormwater run-off, preventing litter and other pollutants from entering the estuary.
"It's gratifying to see this project get under way as it will deliver an extended area for recreational use by so many locals and visitors alike and enable them to traverse a beautiful part of the Bargara coastline."
Cr Barnes said residents in the adjacent areas including those living on Logan Rd near the entrance to Windermere Park and people utilising Mary Kinross, Windermere and Coral Reef Parks might be affected to a minor degree by construction, although all parks would remain open.