bluewater trail fire

Repair work ramps up on the Bluewater TrailFriday, March 11, 2016

Repairs to a ramp and stairs destroyed in a fire last October at Caneland Park will begin on Monday (March 14).

The shocking act of vandalism resulted in a $158,000 repair bill and destroyed a crucial link of the Bluewater Trail.

Development Services Director Gerard Carlyon said council was taking actions to ensure this type of vandalism did not happen again.

“The new structure is being built from 100 per cent composite fibre,” he said.

“This material is extremely difficult to set on fire and flames tend to die out quickly if it does catch alight.

“It is disappointing that we have to take these precautions but we do not want to see this type of vandalism occur again.”

Repairs are expected to take three weeks to complete, weather permitting.

“We are excited that the region’s residents; particularly cyclists and the disabled community, don’t have to wait too much longer to enjoy a fully-functional ramp on this section of the trail again,” Mr Carlyon said.

“Residents have had to make do with temporary stairs for the last four months while we’ve been waiting for our insurance claim to clear and sourcing quotes and the materials to construct the new ramp and staircase.

“I would like to thank everyone for their patience during this time.”

“Thankfully the repair bill is covered by insurance but, as with any claim, it may affect our premium.”

For more information on the Bluewater Trail visit

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)