Dalrymple Esplanade Premier Riverfront Pathway


Cassowary Coast Regional Council will commence work on a new pathway along Dalrymple Esplanade that will link suburbs together and take advantage of the beautiful views of the Johnstone River.   

Stage One of the project involves construction of a 2.5-metre-wide concrete pathway that will weave its way through the trees from Tierney Street to Geraldton Bridge carpark.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council Division Five Councillor Jeff Baines said the project has community support and will take advantage of the beautiful views and scenery that the Esplanade offers.

“The new pathway, replaces aged infrastructure and is located closer to the river, moving users away from the properties located along Dalrymple Esplanade and towards the river.

“During the design phase of the project, Council undertook consultation with the community, to understand any concerns or issues they might have with the new design.

“The majority of respondents were in support of a new pathway positioned closer to the river that takes advantage of the natural environment, provides a space for friends and family to connect and enjoy our wonderful waterfront.

“Respondents flagged concerns over the old pathway and, as a result, sections of the path will be removed,” said Councillor Baines. 

Kennedy MP Bob Katter said the beauty of the Cassowary Coast was evident through Mission Beach constantly being voted one of the most beautiful places on earth.

"And Innisfail is part of the 'greater area' that's world-famous for tourists, so any opportunity we have to take in the views of our surroundings such as the Johnstone River must be applauded," Mr Katter said.

"I applaud the construction of this amenity."

Stage One works will also include construction of a small footbridge and relocation of existing lighting.

Works are expected to commence early to mid-May with expected completion within six to eight weeks, weather permitting. Residents have been notified and signage will be in place to provide awareness of any detours for residents and visitors using this area.

The Dalrymple Esplanade Pathway project was jointly funded by the Australian Government and Cassowary Coast Regional Council. Australian Government funding of $288,572 was provided through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program. This program supports local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia. 

Stage Two is currently unfunded and Council will seek opportunities for funding.

For further information, please visit  yoursay.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au/dalrymple-esplanade. Alternatively, please contact Council by emailing enquiries@cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au. or via phone at 1300 763 903.