October 15, 2021
Somerset Regional Council will seek funding to build a trailhead at Esk as the next stage of its Mt Glen Rock development.
“The proposal is for car parking, toilets, showers and bike-washing facilities near the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail bypass adjacent to the bridge at the southern entrance to Esk,” Economic Recovery Sub-Group member Cr Bob Whalley said.
“Construction funding will be sought from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
“Although not essential, we will also be looking to purchase additional freehold land near Redbank Creek in Esk to future-proof the project.”
Cr Whalley said Council has authorised CEO Andrew Johnson to negotiate the purchase of an identified block.
“The entrance to Mount Glen Rock recreation site will be a footbridge at the end of Hassall Street, and our planning work has shown that we will need more car parking and facilities in Esk.”
The Council previously acquired a public access easement along the creek.
“That easement increases our options to manage demand for parking for both recreation and for commercial use in Esk,” Cr Whalley said.