Point Lookout Gorge Walk officially openedStage 2 of the upgraded Point Lookout Gorge Walk on North Stradbroke Island was officially opened in October, bringing state, federal and local government together around the significant project.
The 1.2km boardwalk offers countless opportunities to view local flora and fauna against the stunning backdrop of the headlands and the Pacific Ocean.
The most recently completed stage of the renovated boardwalk was co-funded by Redland City Council and the Australian Government through its Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP). The funding is offered to councils to assist in projects aimed at supporting local jobs and upgrading local infrastructure.
The total project cost for Stage 2 was $1.10 million, with Council contributing $748,000 and the remaining $352,000 financed through RLCIP funding.
Works included replacing the boardwalks and viewing platforms, and installation of new decks, handrails and seating in hardwood timbers.
The boardwalk is a world-first, using Queensland-developed composite material, in combination with hardwood rails and decking, to create cost-effective, environmentally sustainable infrastructure.
City of Redland Deputy Mayor Alan Beard said the finished boardwalk was an outstanding achievement that created new tourism opportunities for North Stradbroke Island.
“The Point Lookout Gorge Walk has always been a ‘must-do’ when you come to Straddie, but now it is safer and more accessible than ever before,” Councillor Beard said.
“This project is a wonderful example of governments working together to achieve a positive outcome for a local community, and I thank the Australian Government for its financial contribution and support.”
Divisional Councillor for North Stradbroke Island, Craig Ogilvie, said that the boardwalk was one of Queensland’s iconic scenic spots and had been well used since Stage 2 works were completed.
“Council is committed to seeking out and improving sustainable tourism opportunities for North Stradbroke Island and I am sure the improved boardwalk will continue to be a major drawcard for tourists visiting the Redlands,” Cr Ogilvie said.