SCENIC Rim Regional Council has announced more than $1 million allocated to footpath works as part of the 2020-21 budget released yesterday.
Council said works would include extending the shared footpath bikeway link along Beaudesert-Nerang Road, between Kingsley Drive and Brooklands Drive, as well as minor footpath works across the region.
Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said footpath improvements contributed to the vibrancy of communities and the health and wellbeing of residents.
"Footpath improvements encourage the physical activity and social interaction so important for physical and mental wellbeing, as more people get out and about and engage with others," he said.
"A well-maintained footpath network is an important part of encouraging healthy and active communities, as walking is one of the easiest ways for people of all ages to increase their health and fitness.
"Footpaths and shared bikeways also represent important links in our transport network.
"For many residents, due to age, illness or other reasons preventing them from driving, walking provides the only means of unassisted transport, and shared bikeways provide an opportunity for improved fitness as well as transport that has no impact on the environment."