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Mt Archer facelift plan set to begin in the New Year

The type of zip line proposed for Mount Archer.
The type of zip line proposed for Mount Archer.

ONE of Rockhampton's natural assets is set for a facelift in the New Year.

Rockhampton Regional Council last week endorsed the Mount Archer Activation Implementation Plan, committing to several projects to improve the area.

Councillor Tony Williams, chair of the infrastructure committee, said funding would be considered in the next council budget.

"This iconic community asset has been under-utilised and now we see a plan that encourages both locals and visitors to enjoy," Cr Williams said.

"We have a priority list of projects to work on after comprehensive community consultation with community groups, Mount Archer residents and the wider public."

The first project, which is already underway, is the design of a car park at the base of Pilbeam Dve.

"We have been working with the community over a long time to help ease noise issues and this will further assist current initiatives whilst providing better car parking solutions to the community," Cr Williams said.

Construction of more mountain bike trails at First Turkey will also start, with council already receiving some funding and waiting on the outcome of State and Federal government grant applications.

Fraser Park will also get some attention, with council successfully applying for a Green Army to commence works in February 2016.

Council will also undertake an environmental audit, Fraser Park landscape architectural drawings, lookout designs and interpretive signage.

"These projects will provide basic infrastructure to activate the mountain for our community," Cr Williams said.

"The initial implementation plan not only reflects what the community has asked for, but it leverages on our partnerships with the Dharumbal people, CQUniversity, Capricornia Corrections and the Green Army."

Mt Archer Plan

  • Improving parking, roads and emergency access points
  • Potential adventure tourism with zip lines, ropes challenges, canopy walks, a tree line roller-coaster and abseiling
  • Potential mobile bungee jump in the Barlow Boulder car park
  • Fraser Park expanded to include an amphitheatre, botanical displays and a camping, cafe and cultural education centre
  • Investigate feasibility of building the Capricorn Observatory, with 360-degree views of the region, and a Fraser Park Eco Centre, which could include a conference centre and day spa facilities
  • Additional 30km of bushwalking tracks will be created
  • Promote Dharumbal culture through several projects
  • Implement dedicated pathway along Pilbeam Dve to Fraser Park

Topics:  mt archer, new year, rockhampton



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