Logan is becoming more connected with new pathways opening all over the city. These pathways link major roadways and business precincts for pedestrians and cyclists to cut time from their trip as well as make it a safer journey.
The $3.2 million project has created an environmental and recreation corridor in Slacks Creek and was completed only recently.
The corridor features nearly a kilometre of 3 to 4-metre-wide pathway that connects Moss Street with Compton Road.
It also includes a bridge crossing and boardwalk along the creek.
Art work, bench seating, bike shelters and dog-waste bins are features of the pathway along with way finding and interpretive signage.
The corridor has lighting and 24-hour monitored CCTV security cameras.
The project was co-funded by $1.28 million from the State Government through a Cycle Network Local Government Grant (CNLGG).
Logan City Council Mayor Darren Power said the Slacks Creek Greenlink was another delivery from Council’s $5 million Springwood Summit Implementation plan.
It follows on from the recent opening of the $1.6 million Dennis Road to Murrajong Road shared pathway and streetscape upgrade.
“Business owners and residents were extensively consulted in the planning, design and construction of the Greenlink,” Cr Power said.
“This is a great outcome for the city and the local community and shows yet again that Council is delivering on the ideas put forward at the Springwood Summit.”
City Economic Development, Planning and Environment Committee Chairperson, Councillor Jon Raven, said the Greenlink was another example of Council making our natural areas more accessible to the community.
“When we activate our environment, we activate our community. This pathway provides people with transit options whether you’re on foot, on wheels, working out or on your way to a working lunch.” Cr Raven said.
City Lifestyle Committee Chairperson, Councillor Laurie Koranski said Slacks Creek is an important environmental corridor and the new Greenlink had been designed to complement that.
“The project has included some landscaping of the waterway which ensures the right balance between protecting the surrounding environment while also allowing the community access to appreciate the birds, wildlife and native plants along the corridor,” Cr Koranski said.
Division 3 Councillor Mindy Russell said Council had already received feedback from a number of businesses along the Greenlink that are excited about the opportunities to expand their offerings to cater to those using the pathway.
Among them is Extraction Artisan Coffee which has had plans drawn for a new deck facing the Greenlink that will contribute to activating this open space. Work for this new deck will begin in the next two weeks.
“This entire corridor is going to be another great destination in Logan for exercise, recreation and relaxation,” Cr Russell said.
Member for Waterford Shannon Fentiman said the project would deliver safer facilities for bike riders and the community.
“We know that on average every dollar the Palaszczuk Government invests in bike-riding infrastructure returns nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queenslanders,” Ms Fentiman said.
“On top of this, we see improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion and lower transport costs.
“We have seen a significant increase in the use of our bikeways in recent years. That’s why we’re investing more than $15.5 million in funding to local governments to deliver new high-priority bike networks over the next two years.”