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Proposal to seal cycleway between Somerset and Ipswich


CONNECTED communities and active transport are at the centre of a $7 million proposal to seal a cycleway between Somerset and Ipswich.

Published: August 19th 2019

CONNECTED communities and active transport are at the centre of a $7 million proposal to seal a cycleway between Somerset and Ipswich.

The 2.5m-wide, 17.4km-long concrete corridor would link Clive Street in Fernvale to Bayley Road in Pine Mountain, connecting to Ipswich City Council’s Brassall Bikeway.

The new path would replace the existing gravel surface along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said council was seeking community feedback on the proposal.

“At 161km the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is Australia’s longest recreational rail trail, attracting tourists from across Australia and internationally,” Cr Lehmann said.

“The trail is a significant economic driver for Somerset, boosting businesses, accommodation providers and tourism operators and building on the region’s reputation as a destination for adventure-based outdoor experiences.

“As part of our plans to keep Somerset moving, council has started community consultation on a proposal to create a high-quality, safe cycling corridor from Somerset to Ipswich.”

Cr Lehmann said the proposed path would improve connectedness between Somerset and Ipswich, enhancing the region’s profile in South-East Queensland.

“Council’s traffic counter at Fernvale indicates current bicycle use at Fernvale of 17,471 movements per year and equestrian use of 1,100 movements per year,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Sealing the surface of the trail from Fernvale to Ipswich is expected to result in a substantial increase in bicycle usage, based on similar experiences in Victoria.

“It would provide a significant recreation and health asset for Somerset and Ipswich, generating economic activity for both communities.”

For more information or to take part in the community consultation process, visit somerset.qld.gov.au/your-council/have-your-say before Friday, 11 October.

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