Pedestrians will enjoy a safer, smoother walk over the iconic Noosa hill these holidays, as the Noosa Drive boardwalk gets a much-needed facelift in time for the busy Christmas rush.
Council’s Director Infrastructure Services, Carl Billingham says the 20-year-old boardwalk, which is used by locals and holidaymakers to get from the Junction to the beach, is in need of new decking.
“The Noosa Drive boardwalk is a well-used piece of infrastructure that links pedestrians from the Junction to the beach and Hastings Street.
“After 20 years of wear and tear the decking has reached the end of its lifecycle and will be replaced with non-slip timber decking to make it safer for pedestrians.
“Works are set to commence shortly and if the weather stays in our favour, the upgrades should be finalised just in time for Christmas and the influx of tourists in January who’ll continue to use it as a handy thoroughfare.”
This comes just weeks after nearby Pinaroo Rotary Park underwent a makeover with the installation of two new electric barbecues and LED lighting to the newly painted park shelters.
Michael Tozer of Noosa Junction Association said these upgrades are great for the local area.
“It’s great to see Council investing in upgrades and improvements in and around the Noosa Junction area.
“Pinaroo Park is in close proximity to local shops and businesses and with the new barbecue facilities and extra lighting it will be a popular spot for locals and tourists, day and night.
“The Noosa Drive boardwalk is also instrumental in bringing beach dwellers up the hill and into Noosa Junction’s busy shops, cafes and businesses.”
Mr Billingham said the upgrades are timely, given the large number of people set to descend on Noosa Heads this festive season.
“Noosa Drive can get rather busy during the holidays, especially with traffic congestion,” he said.
“Hopefully the boardwalk upgrade in particular will encourage more people to park their cars at the Junction, stop in at the Junction’s shops, and then catch our free Go Noosa holiday buses over the hill to the beach and for a visit to Hastings Street, or simply walk over the hill along the nice new boardwalk.”