Council improves safety along Wellington Point pathways

Redland City Council is undertaking safety upgrades along two pathways at Wellington Point Recreation Reserve.

Work has started on replacing the retaining wall and pathway on Main Road that leads down the hill to the reserve, and installing 10 new lights along Reserve Esplanade.

Mayor Karen Williams said pedestrian access and safety were important, with both locations at the reserve proving popular with walkers.

“We know Redlands Coast residents love their outdoor spaces and having attractive, safe and accessible pathways are important factors in encouraging them to explore and, in the process, contributes to a healthier community,” she said.

“We hope these improvements encourage more local families and day trippers to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of Wellington Point Recreation Reserve.”

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary welcomed the upgrades around the popular parkland.

“The footpath along Main Road is being widened to provide better safety for pedestrians, as that road can be very busy during peak periods,” Cr Boglary said.

“About 50 metres of retaining wall and fencing along the pathway is also being replaced as it was beginning to fail.

“On Reserve Esplanade, directional LED luminaire lighting will be installed along the pathway from the carpark to the stairs, illuminating the path with minimal spill to residential properties.

“Lighting along this pathway was raised as a safety issue by local residents at a community consultation meeting and I am pleased Council has been able to deliver this upgrade.”

The Reserve Esplanade path will remain open during the installation of lights, which is expected to be completed by 15 March 2021, weather permitting.

The replacement of the pathway and retaining wall on Main Road, which is expected to be completed by 16 April 2021, does require some changes to pedestrian and vehicle movements in the area.

These include:

  • One lane on Main Road will be closed during working hours (generally 7am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday) and controlled using traffic controllers.
  • Pedestrian movements through the worksite will be controlled using traffic controllers.
  • The pedestrian crossing at the base of the hill will not be operational while construction works are underway. Pedestrians will be directed to use alternative crossings.
  • Both lanes of Main Road will be open to traffic at night, on weekends and on public holidays (Good Friday and Easter Monday).

The Main Road works also include the relocation of a water main.