Gold Coasters and visitors can look forward to some fresh ways to exercise on The Spit with works progressing on a new shared cycle and pedestrian path.

Running from the Muriel Henchman precinct to Doug Jennings park, construction group Hazell Bros has started pouring concrete to seal the path.

Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said the shared pathway along Seaworld Drive would give cyclists and pedestrians a safer and more enjoyable means to travel to The Top of The Spit as well as generating about 10 jobs during construction.

The project will also include a section of retaining walls to reduce erosion adjacent to Seaworld Drive and protect existing below-ground electrical infrastructure.

Gold Coast Waterways Authority CEO Hal Morris said the shared pathway will link up with the two community infrastructure projects being undertaken by GCWA.

Mr Morris said works on the Moondarewa Spit Improvement Project and the Seaway Promenade Project are also progressing.

“Tenders for the construction work will be called this month with work to commence mid-year.

“Keeping these projects up and running during the coronavirus shutdown means not only can locals and visitors look forward to these improved facilities being ready to use by the end of the year, but it means keeping Gold Coasters in work.”

“After an extensive consultation process, it is great to see work now underway bringing the master plan to life.

“The work now being delivered is part of the $60 million the government provided to kick-start the projects that will revitalise and transform The Spit and ultimately support up to 1800 new jobs.”

“We’re excited to be creating special destinations at The Spit that celebrate our relaxed outdoors lifestyle,” Mr Morris said.

“This pathway will connect locals and visitors to the Moondarewa Spit foreshore parkland improvements and the Seaway Promenade which we’re delivering as part of the Master Plan’s implementation.

“We look forward to keeping Gold Coasters informed about the improvements coming to The Spit as work progresses,” he said.