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July 21 2017: Upgrade of Innisfail's riverside Corso footpath

Work begins next week as part of Works for Qld program

A popular riverside footpath in Innisfail will be upgraded, with work to begin next week.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council is building a shared concrete pathway for walkers and cyclists in parkland alongside The Corso.

The project is part of Council's $3.77 million Works for Queensland program including town centre refurbishments, roundabout improvements and gravel road re-sheeting.

It will also include smaller paths leading to a playground, picnic table area and fishing platform.

Cr Ben Heath said the current gravel track - which was well-used by both recreational walkers and people coming and going from Innisfail's central business district - was being upgraded.

The work will begin on Wednesday (26 July) weather-permitting.

"Local contractor IMEC has been awarded this contract," Cr Heath said.

"This pathway gets a lot of use. There will now be all-weather access."

 The Corso footpath upgrade project was one of 13 initiatives successfully submitted by Cassowary Coast Regional Council for Works for Queensland funding from the State Government.

This program is for "shovel ready" projects that create jobs in the region.

They all need to be completed by the end of November.

Mayor John Kremastos said it was a win-win situation for the region with funding for projects that could not otherwise have been achieved so quickly, jobs for unemployed locals and an overall boost to the economy.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Jackie Trad said Cassowary Coast Regional Council estimated that their projects would support almost 75 local jobs.

“Cassowary Coast has received $3.77 million to deliver 13 projects through the Palaszczuk Government’s Works for Queensland program,” Ms Trad said.

“These are the kind of great community infrastructure projects that Works for Queensland is making possible right across the state, delivering jobs and stimulating the local economy.”