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    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    $190,000 boost to keep Cairns walkers on track

    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Saturday, June 30, 2018

    $190,000 boost to keep Cairns walkers on track

    Cairns fitness fans and families are embracing three popular walking tracks thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s $600 million Works for Queensland program.
     
    Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe today joined Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt and Cairns Regional Council Mayor Bob Manning to officially open one of one of the tracks, the upgraded Ivan Evans Walking Track in Bayview Heights.
     
    “This redesigned track has been made possible with a $190,000 contribution from Works for Queensland,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The popular Red and Yellow Arrow Walking Tracks at Mt Whitfield have also been built or revamped through Works for Queensland - with all three projects supporting 40 local jobs.

    “This great new infrastructure is delivering an important economic boost, while helping to create a healthier and happier community.
     
    “The latest State Budget locks in a further $200 million to extend the Works for Queensland program until 2020-21, bringing total funding to $600 million.”

    Speaker of the Queensland Parliament and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the Ivan Evans Track is a family friendly, 1.2km, one way walk through rainforest, and includes exciting elements like a shallow creek crossing and some beginner level scrambling.

    “The moderate climb is rewarded by spectacular views of Cairns and Trinity Inlet,” Mr Pitt said.

    “It’s one of the few walks through a conservation area in Cairns where dogs on leads are welcome.”

    Cairns Regional Council Mayor Bob Manning praised the Works for Queensland program.
     
    “These tracks will bring people from far and wide to experience the beauty of our great outdoors. This would not have been possible without the Works for Queensland program.
     
    “We are greatly appreciative of this opportunity to continue working with the Queensland Government to deliver projects that benefit our community.”

    “The track has been redesigned from Ellen Close to the lookout and back down to Toogood Road.
     
    “The Ivan Evans Walk is a great asset for the residents for Bayview Heights and surrounding suburbs and contributes to the health, wellbeing and liveability of our city,” Cr Manning said.
     
    Across Cairns, a total of $15.5 million in the first round of Works for Queensland helped Cairns Regional Council deliver 11 projects, which created or supported 150 jobs.

    The Council also has a further nine projects underway and more people employed with its second allocation of more than $15 million.
     
    For more information visit www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/works-for-queensland

     Media contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548