What to expect from Mount Archer's makeover

Development of the First Turkey Mountain Bike Tracks has been a vital part of the Mount Archer plan.
Development of the First Turkey Mountain Bike Tracks has been a vital part of the Mount Archer plan. Allan Reinikka ROK190516amtbendu

CANOPY walkways, high ropes courses, an observatory, viewing platforms and a helipad.

Before the year is out, draft designs should reveal how these elements will fit into a redeveloped Fraser Park.

The project is part of Rockhampton Regional Council's multi-million dollar plan to make Mount Archer one of the region's premier attractions.

A report tabled at the parks and recreation committee meeting revealed the taskforce responsible for planning and implementing projects in the Activation Master Plan, adopted by council last year, met in early August.

Council has allocated $250,000 in the 2016/17 budget, with hopes an additional $250,000 can be obtained through State Government grants.


ADVENTURE TIME: Council is planning a high ropes course for Fraser Park, like this one at Camp Goodenough in Carool.
ADVENTURE TIME: Council is planning a high ropes course for Fraser Park, like this one at Camp Goodenough in Carool. Contributed

Fraser Park upgrade

Taskforce members gave feedback on the working designs for the Fraser Park restoration, which include new pathways, a canopy walk, car park upgrades, a cafe, an observatory and high ropes course.

It's expected the draft designs will be discussed by councillors before the year's end.

It's likely the Fraser Park restoration will form part of an application for funding under the National Stronger Regions Fund.

Pilbeam Walkway

The taskforce also unanimously supported the suggestion the Federal Government's $1.5 million grant for the Pilbeam Walkway should focus on "pinch points" where the risk for motorists and pedestrians was highest, from the base of Mount Archer to the saddle.

Draft designs for the car park at the base of Pilbeam Dr have been completed.

The area will be set within the road reserve and away from houses, providing an extra 87 spaces.


The Federal Government committed $1.5 million to upgrading walkways.
The Federal Government committed $1.5 million to upgrading walkways. Tamara MacKenzie ROK081214tkfren

Walking tracks

The master plan also allows for the development of extra bushwalking tracks, something council has consulted with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) on.

QPWS has investigated options which would let walkers travel from the Pilbeam Dr saddle through the national park to arrive at Fraser Park.

"It is envisaged that this project will require some time to design and deliver," the report states.

"Whilst the majority of the trail will be in the Mount Archer National Park, Council will need to consider the trail heads and parking that are on Council controlled land."

Topics:  mount archer, mount archer national park, pilbeam drive, rockhampton regional council

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