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Work to start on stage three of Black Snake Creek pathway

FUNDING SECURED: (L–R) David Pahlke, Greg Farr, Sean Choat, Heather Morrow and Bob Hampson announce a new pathway project for Black Snake Creek in Marburg.
FUNDING SECURED: (L–R) David Pahlke, Greg Farr, Sean Choat, Heather Morrow and Bob Hampson announce a new pathway project for Black Snake Creek in Marburg. David Nielsen

HAVE you ever felt like you were on a path to nowhere?

It's been a common feeling for Marburg residents as they waited for the completion of an existing shared footpath across Black Snake Creek.

But thanks to funding from the Ipswich City Council and the Queensland Government the path will soon lead somewhere.

Stage three of the pathway and revegetation works is expected to commence shortly and be completed by December.

The new section of footpath will connect to the showgrounds, Main St and homes across the western side of Black Snake Creek.

The existing path will be extended to include a creek crossing using existing culverts and board walks.

The development - valued at $500,000 - is part of a seamless integrated series of projects to reduce the Black Snake Creek catchment's salinity and improve water quality.

It will be completed alongside bank stabilisation works to reduce the risk and impact of flood damage to nearby homes.

Half the funds for the project were contributed by the State Government with the remainder met by Ipswich City Council via its Enviroplan program.

President of the Marburg and District Residents Association, Greg Farr, said the project had been "a long time in the cooking".

He said he would be pleased to see the next stage of the project completed and that it would help connect the two main hubs of the town.

Mr Farr said his community-based group, together with West Moreton Landcare, had been actively working towards the Black Snake Creek improvements

Both organisations have spent years involved in a number of studies in the area which have led to the development of the plan.

State member for Ipswich West, Sean Choat, recently inspected the site along with Ipswich councillors Heather Morrow and David Pahlke.

He said the project was the result of the government, council and community working together.

Topics:  black snake creek, footpaths




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