20 October 2022 - Dalrymple Esplanade Community Consultation Update


Community consultation for the Dalrymple Esplanade Project recently concluded with an overwhelmingly positive response for Council’s proposed plan.

The proposed plan aims to revitalise the current waterfront pathway, improve accessibility and upgrade facilities, including water bubblers and seating, to create a space for locals and visitors to jog, walk and play.

A majority of the feedback collected over the four week period, was from residents located in East Innisfail, aged 50+ who use the pathway weekly. Respondent’s also provided key insights into the most common activity uses for the path. The most common uses identified were walking and cycling, aligning strongly with Stage One’s preference to prioritise construction of a new path that can accommodate these activities.

Over 92% of respondents were in favour of the plan, submitting positive, constructive feedback. Majority of respondents agreed with the Council’s proposed realignment of the shared path, to take advantage of riverfront views. Respondents also noted that five car parks would be sufficient for future staged works and that the provision of covered seating was highly desirable by the community.

Vegetation clearing is not planned as part of these works with the design accommodating existing green assets. Removal of existing infrastructure is to be considered through the project where practical.

Council has secured funding for Stage One of the project under the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. Detailed design for Stage One will proceed with the aim to have construction of the new pathway completed in the 2022/23 financial year. Future stages of the project will be shaped by the feedback received by Council.

Council would like to thank all respondents for submitting their feedback to support the creation of this picturesque scenic link in Innisfail. 

For further information on this project visit, yoursay.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au/dalrymple-esplanade.

To have your say on current and future Council projects, visit yoursay.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au