End in sight for 20 year road safety campaign

A significant transport infrastructure project and one of Eumundi’s top local priorities is a step closer to being realised, with a funding commitment for a new pedestrian bridge over the North Maroochy River.

Ninderry MP Dan Purdie said years of negotiations with Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads have paid off, with Council allocating funding for a shared access bridge across the river, adjacent to the existing Seib Road Bridge.   

“Before I was elected, locals told me how they have been fighting for years for safer pedestrian access across the North Maroochy River, and after seeing the dangerous conditions for myself, and listening to their concerns, I vowed to make it happen,” Mr Purdie said.   

“I am pleased to see that all our hard work lobbying both levels of Government has  brought us one step closer in what will be a fantastic outcome for the Eumundi community.”

Mr Purdie said he was confident the State Government would agree to fund the remaining 50% of the project cost, $550,000, following a successful meeting with the Minister for Main Roads, Mark Bailey last year.

“When I met with the Minister last year, he indicated his support for this vital safety upgrade, and I am confident that now that Council have allocated their share of the funding, the State Government will do the same.”

Divisional Councillor David Law said he was pleased this important project was held in the Council Budget, despite capital works being under pressure due to the impact of COVID-19.

“As the new Division 10 Councillor, I also want to acknowledge the work done over the years by our community and with the support Councillor Rogerson and Mayor Jamieson to get this project to this stage,” Cr Law said.

“This is an excellent example of all levels of Government working together to achieve better outcomes for our community.”