New 'missing link' path unveiled at Bellbird Park
WE have found 'the missing link'.
No, it is not an evolutionary progression between ape and man.
It is in fact a 63m section of footpath that has been concreted on Jones Rd, Bellbird Park which has created the longest continuous section of footpath/bikeway in Ipswich; an 18.8km linkage from Dinmore, via Redbank, Goodna, Bellbird Park and Brookwater to Springfield Lakes.
This is great news for walkers, fitness fanatics and bike riders, local councillor Paul Tully said.
"But it left a 63m gap, what I call 'the missing link', of the footpath," Cr Tully said.
"But it was not only a missing link at Bellbird Park.
"It was a missing link between the start of this continuous footpath and bikeway system from Dinmore right through to Springfield Lakes."
It may not seem like much on the surface, but without the link people were having to dismount from their bikes and ride or walk on the road.
The construction company BMD had, along with the developer and Ipswich City Council, an infrastructure agreement for the upgrade of Jones Rd which was necessary because of the Brentwood Forest development and the new Bellbird Park high school which opens in January, 2017.
"It is an important link because there will be a lot of school children walking along here as well," Cr Tully said.
"It is an opportunity to improve safety.
"The concrete footpath (originally) came from Goodna past Rosemary St to here and this was just bushland.
"There was no need for the footpath really.
"Progressively when they did the footpath on the other side for the residential development and the high school it meant coming back the other way there was a missing link.
"The workers have done an excellent job on the footpath and it is a great improvement.
"I would encourage individuals and families to get out and use it."