Nature lovers will create new walking trails at Verrierdale as more people seek outdoor adventure on the Sunshine Coast.
The Yandina Creek Progress Association has received an early Christmas present from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program to help fund 20 kilometres of hiking, horse-riding and mountain biking trails.
Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien said 20 community groups across his electorate were sharing $150,000 in grants to improve or install facilities and buy much needed equipment.
“It was great to meet with members of the Yandina Creek Progress Association which is to receive $7,500,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The Noosa region has such natural beauty and new trails will mean more people are able to explore the bushland areas and get closer to nature.”
Association president Alex Watson said the group hoped the trail would be the first of eight in a network which could crisscross the region.
“With this grant we are hoping to get the first trail launched and signposted,” Mr Watson said.
“We want to get it off the ground so it can become a permanent asset to the community.”
Mr Watson said the trails would be designed to enable people to enjoy the region’s natural features and forests, as well as swamps and environmental reserves.
Mr O’Brien said the Stronger Communities grants – totalling $22.5 million across Australia – funded projects that encouraged participation and contributed to vibrant neighbourhoods.
Other projects funded across the Sunshine Coast include new play equipment for Coolum’s Creche and Kindergarten Association ($12,000) and a new high ropes course for Apex Qld Youth Camp at Mudjimba ($12,000).