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Joint Media Release – Flaxton footpath welcome news to locals (12 December 2011)

Andrew Powell MP

Member for Glass House

Shadow Minister for the Environment

Cr Jenny McKay

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

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The recent announcement that a footpath would be constructed adjacent to Flaxton Drive between Glen Eden Court and Nimbus Drive has not only impressed the Flaxton community but the local member is pretty pleased as well.

 

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, was approached by locals who were keen to see a footpath established along this increasingly busy road to ensure locals could walk around their beautiful patch of the Hinterland in safety.

 

“In the first instance, Council advised they really didn’t have the necessary funds available to allocate to this project so locals instigated a petition that has recently been presented to the Minister for Local Government,” Mr Powell stated.

 

“It was certainly a very welcome surprise to learn that Council, under the direction of the local Councillor, Jenny McKay, had reassessed the priority of this project and were planning to allocate funds to at least see the initial construction phase with the balance to follow in the next year,” said Mr Powell.

 

Councillor Jenny McKay was supportive and understanding of residents’ need to have a footpath that would enable them to walk safely throughout their community.

 

“Council is committed to increasing the bikeway and pathway networks across the region,” she said.

 

 “The new Flaxton Drive pathway will provide a place for locals to enjoy walking through their own neighbourhood safely including the many children who live in the area.

 

“Pathways also provide accessibility for residents of all abilities to enjoy their local areas including people in wheelchairs, mothers with prams, and people who use scooters or other walking aids,” Cr McKay stated.

 

One resident in particular who spearheaded the footpath campaign was Flaxton local Mrs Lyndal Currie. Mrs Currie and other locals had expressed concerns for the safety of elderly walkers and mums with small children as this road becomes increasingly busier to traffic.

 

“After the meeting today I am pleased to have a firm commitment from Council to allocate half the funds required in this budget and the rest next financial year,” Mrs Currie commented.

 

“This has been a great result. Council has really listened to the locals on this one and they have Cr McKay to thank,” Mr Powell concluded.

 

 

 

 

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