Visitors to Lake Samsonvale, in Brisbane’s northern suburbs, will be given greater access to the area’s unique scenery, with Seqwater opening a new network of trails to the public.
The trails, which stretch for almost 7 kilometres, have previously been used only for maintenance purposes.
The decision to open them to the public was made following community feedback to Seqwater’s Recreation Review in 2013.
The review enabled Seqwater to gather the views of the community on future recreation at its dams, lakes and parks.
Seqwater will soon be opening up a new network of trails to the public at Lake Samsonvale.
The project is scheduled to start construction on Monday 4 July with the new multi-use trails to be opened by September.
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said more than 500 people took part in the review of Lake Samsonvale and more than 300 expressed a wish for more multi-use trails.
“Seqwater has identified strong community support for opening new trails at Lake Samsonvale,” Mr Dennis said.
“Visitors will be able to enjoy the spectacular natural area while bushwalking, mountain bike riding or horse riding."
The new network of trails have previously been used only for maintenance purposes.
To provide access to the new trails, Seqwater will soon begin constructing a gravel car park on Seqwater land at the end of Postman’s Track Road.
The car park will have space for five cars as well as five cars with horse floats, and a turn-around area.
Seqwater has been working with local residents to address their concerns about opening up the trails to the public, and held a community meeting in November 2015 in Dayboro to provide further information about the project.
Residents living near the planned car park received a letter last week to inform them of the start date for its construction.
Mr Dennis said the project was made possible thanks to funding from the Queensland Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing.
Vehicles, motorbikes and domestic animals will not be permitted on the trails.