Path to health and happiness
ON A warm, pleasant weekend, the walking paths around the Condamine River are a hive of activity.
Families are enjoying a walk and a picnic, young ones are learning how to ride their first bike and older generations fill the seats and take in the view.
But the stretch of concrete only winds its way around certain parts of the river, and now there is a push to extend the paths to the western part of Warwick – or more specifically, below Oak Tree Retirement Village and near the Girl Guides hut.
Southern Downs Regional councillor Jo McNally raised the topic of more walking paths at last week’s engineering services meeting, and said council was working on a plan to put it in motion.
“At present council is finishing off a report that will come back to the councillors in regards to where footpaths should be,” she said.
“We’re waiting for that to come back, which should probably be in October.”
Cr McNally said she had been approached by a few different people who would like to see more paths in other areas.
“There’s nowhere really on the western side,” she said.
“We’re aiming for a healthy community and if we could get some government funding to help that would be great.
“They do tend to do that – they look at healthy communities.”
Cr McNally said a trip to the existing paths of a morning revealed how extensively they were used.
“They are very well utilised and there are many in the community who use and appreciate them,” she said.
Among those who use the paths are the Kiernan family – Jake and his parents Jim and Janelle.
The trio braved the cold weather on Sunday to take their two dogs for a stroll around the banks of the Condamine.
“It’s not often we come here,” Mr Kiernan said.
“I work six days a week and there’s plenty of other things that need to be done.
“We probably didn’t pick the best day either.
“But when we do come down we really enjoy it.”
The family lives on the western side of Warwick and said they would use the extra walking tracks if they were added.
They said they liked coming to the paths near Queens Park because it was “a nice relaxing spot”.
“You find a lot of people down here,” Mrs Kiernan said.
“It’s quite surprising.
“There are people lining up on the bank fishing and kids on their skateboards.
“It’s used by older people too, not just young ones.”