RUNNING UPGRADES: Parkrun director Linda Coombes consulted with council on the $150,000 funding improvements.
RUNNING UPGRADES: Parkrun director Linda Coombes consulted with council on the $150,000 funding improvements. Nicole

$115,000 for Condamine River Walk improvements

THE Condamine River Walk is set to undergo a $115,000 upgrade from Southern Downs Regional Council's 2018-19 budget.

The council has consulted with Warwick parkrun, discussing areas of improvement to the walking trail.

Parkrun director Linda Coombes said the running group appreciated being included in the process.

"It was really nice of council to reach out to us and ask our opinion on the matter,” she said.

Part of the funding will fill in a gap on the footpath along Churchill Dr and Gillam Park.

The extension program will complete a "missing link” on the walking trail.

"At the moment crossing the grass is difficult for people who use wheelchairs or have prams,” Mrs Coombes said.

The project concept was approved as part of the council's capital works budget and was funded by round two of the Queensland Government's Works for Queensland program.

New water fountains are also being planned along the walking track.

"We assisted council in the location of the bubblers , ensuring they were in the most accessible spots on the track,” Mrs Coombes said.

"This will be great for joggers who run out of water and even for pet owners who want to give their dogs a drink of clean water.”

Southern Downs councillor Yve Stocks said the river walk was popular among residents and tourists.

"The walkway is used by a great number of walkers, runners and cyclists and is the perfect way for our residents to stay healthy and active while enjoying one of the regions most beautiful natural assets,” Cr Stocks said.

"This project reflects council's ongoing commitment to continuously enhance our town and the liveability of our region.”

Mrs Coombes said new runners complimented the scenery of the Condamine River.

"When we get visitors joining us they always comment on how nice the area is, how it's well maintained and how beautiful the river is,” she said.



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