Mount Archer to become a hive of outdoor activity pursuits

TREE line roller-coasters, an eco resort, a mobile bungee jump and kilometres of new bushwalks and mountain bike trails.

That's the vision Rockhampton Regional Council yesterday revealed for one of the city's largest "untapped resource".

The proposed action plan sets out the vision for Mount Archer's long-term future, 50 years after Pilbeam Dve was opened.

In approving the draft Mount Archer Activation Master Plan in a full council meeting, Rockhampton Regional Mayor Margaret Strelow described it as a "very significant piece of work".

"(Mount Archer) is an asset that hasn't been as developed as it could have been," she said.

Several of the other councillors agreed the summit was full of untapped potential for the community.

The council heard community consultations will start next Wednesday and run for three weeks.

Cr Strelow said community feedback on the plan's hits and misses was essential.

As well as improving parking, roads and emergency access points, council plans to make the mountain a destination people can get excited about.

Council will collaborate with private enterprise to investigate the potential of adventure tourism with zip lines, ropes challenges, canopy walks, a tree line roller-coaster and abseiling and climbing.

It will also consider the possibility of placing a mobile bungee jump in the Barlow Boulder car park.

Fraser Park will be restored and expanded to include an amphitheatre, areas for wedding ceremonies, botanical displays and a camping, cafe and cultural education centre at the start of the Zamia walkway.

Council will also investigate the feasibility of building the Capricorn Observatory, with 360-degree views of the region, and a Fraser Park Eco Centre, which could provide food, accommodation, and conference centre and day spa facilities.

An additional 30km  of bushwalking tracks will be created and the culture of the Darumbal people will be celebrated through several key projects.

"After we receive further feedback from the community we will then review the most economically viable options," Cr Strelow said.

"It is then envisaged that council will allocate funding towards the revitalisation each year over a long period, in addition to working with both levels of government to obtain financial assistance."


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