Pilbeam Drive reopens to public trattic.
Pilbeam Drive reopens to public trattic. Allan Reinikka ROK201216apilbeam

DRONE FOOTAGE: Mount Archer is open for business

ROCKHAMPTON can once again enjoy the spectacular views from Mount Archer and, if they embrace the summer heat, take a bushwalk or two.

While some work continues on Pilbeam Dr, the city's natural gem is once again open for business.

Some sections of Pilbeam Dr remain one lane only as Rockhampton Regional Council workers carve out the rock face to create safer walking trails for those braving the climb to the top.

Councillor Neil Fisher explained it was part of the Mount Archer Activation Plan which overlapped with the recently completed effort to rebuild and reinforce the mountain following dozens of landslips caused by Cyclone Marcia.

Pilbeam Drive opens: Cr Neil Fish speaking about the reopening on Pilbeam Drive.
Pilbeam Drive opens: Cr Neil Fish speaking about the reopening on Pilbeam Drive.

The new walkways are the first stage of a $1.5 million Federally funded project which will roll out over some years.

Cr Fisher said this stage focused on the three most dangerous areas for pedestrians and drivers.

Although walking up Pilbeam Dr is not encouraged while this work continues, all paths at the summit are open, including Zamia Trail.

Cr Neil Fisher and Member for Caprinornia Michelle landry at Pilbeam Drive.
Cr Neil Fisher and Member for Caprinornia Michelle landry at Pilbeam Drive. Allan Reinikka ROK201216apilbeam

Council confirmed there are no restrictions on Fraser Park and the community barbecues are ready to be fired up.

Along with the road reconstruction, council have completed and extensive weed clean up and tidied key look-out areas, showing off the region at its best.

Council have also worked to create a helicopter landing space at Fraser Park.

Cr Fisher expected the road to be fully open "in a matter of weeks”.