Cassowary Coast Regional Council is inviting the community to have their say on the proposed upgrades to Dalrymple Esplanade, Innisfail.

Division Five Councillor Jeff Baines said this exciting project aims to enhance family facilities and accessible amenities - all of which aim to celebrate the natural Cassowary Coast way of life.

“We want to secure the recreational value and importance of the Esplanade, while providing improved accessible facilities.  My goal is for the space to provide an environment that is accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

“Our locals and visitors bring our region to life and we can’t wait to see even more people jogging, walking, and admiring the beauty of our riverfront”, Cr Baines said.

Council wishes to work with the community to create a vibrant recreational focus for the Dalrymple Esplanade, Innisfail’s premier riverfront area, where the area can best serve the community and visitors.

Although the plan is a draft and further detail will be added once community feedback is completed, a number of potential recommendations have been made based on observations and existing data:

  • Installation of upgraded LED lighting to improve safety and visibility.
  • Installation of new stairwell off Geraldton Bridge to improve accessibility to nearby paths and roads.
  • Construct a concrete shared path along new alignment to take advantage of riverfront views and natural layout of the environment.
  • New water bubblers to allow for hydration during public use.
  • New seating areas along shared path.
  • New DDA compliant kerb ramp to connect shared path to cul-de-sac.

The project will be undertaken in stages. Stage One is funded as part of the Australian Government’s $3 billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.

Further stages are currently unfunded for construction and Council will seek opportunities for funding once detailed design is complete.  Council has committed that the existing path will remain in place until the new shared path has been constructed.

Feedback on the proposed upgrades can be found by visiting Feedback closes 16 September 2022.