Douglas Shire Council has welcomed a $36 million commitment from the State Government to fund the whole Wangetti Trail project.
The 94km trail will offer a six-day walking or two-day riding experience, and is expected to create up to 150 jobs and inject up to $300 million into the economy as an ecotourism attraction.
Construction on the new Mowbray River crossing and the trail north to Port Douglas could be completed by mid-2020.
“The Wangetti Trail was a vision of this Council and we made it a priority project,” Mayor Julia Leu said.
“The State Government’s announcement is really fantastic news for our economy and boosts the tourism sector’s confidence in this game-changing project.”
A project-working group created by Douglas Shire Council and Cairns Regional Council completed an interim feasibility report that secured State Government commitment.