Dot opens new pathway to some of her favourite places

AS ONE of the most frequent users of the Sunshine Coast Coastal Pathway, Dot Crane was the ideal person to open the new extension that offers her even better access to some unique parts of the Coast.

Dot can be seen on her mobility scooter every morning on the stretch near her home in Wurtulla and no-one is happier that the new section, up to Wurley Drive, is now available for the public to use.

A volunteer with Turtle Care and with a deep love of the flora and fauna of the nearby Currimundi Lake Conservation Park, Dot said the pathway was "an absolutely wonderful addition" for people like herself.

"We now have a path that is wider, cleaner and safer. It really is an asset for people who love getting out and seeing our beautiful environment and our lovely beaches - and there's many of us like that," Dot said.

"I'm lucky to live in a stunningly beautiful area and I'm always fascinated by what is happening as the seasons change, as well as keeping an eye on our beaches.

"I have hundreds and hundreds of photos and plan on taking hundreds more.

"This time of year, I love going down and trying to spot the whales passing by and while it could be a bit difficult to get around before, now it's much easier to ride around and keep my eye on things.

Division Three councillor Peter Cox said it was now possible to walk, run or cycle continuously from Bells Creek at Golden Beach, to the northern end of Oceanic Drive, south Wurtulla.

"It was very fitting to have Dot cut the ribbon to officially open the new section," Cr Cox said.

"She is one of the great volunteers we have in our region and her eyes and ears are really valuable to ensuring this part of the Coast is maintained the way we want it to be.

"The Coastal Pathway is one of the council's key infrastructure projects.

"I'm constantly reminded of the importance the part it plays in the lives of local residents like Dot.

"This new pathway means the Wurtulla Foreshore Bushland Reserve is now open for public enjoyment and I'm sure there'll be plenty of people looking forward to doing some exploring."

Completed sections of the coastal path have proved extremely popular with the broader community. An 80% approval rating for the project has been recorded through various public consultation surveys over a 10-year implementation program.

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