Track gains momentum
A planned walking track around Tatura is well under way after a committee formed in recent years to establish the 10 km off-road shared path.
The Tatura Walks and Rides Group aimed to install a path which will form a circuit around the township, be accessible from many parts of town and connect many significant areas of Tatura.
Tatura Walks and Rides Group chair Ross Musolino said several areas of the path were already completed and the area around Lake Bartlett was soon due to get under way.
‘‘I’d imagine that part will begin before the end of this financial year,’’ Mr Musolino said.
‘‘Tatura is a town perfectly suited to getting around on foot, on a bike or even on a motorised scooter, as evidenced by the fact that there are already a large number of people from our com- munity and visitors to our community that are out there walking, running and cycling to school and work and for fitness and recreation.’’
Mr Musolino said the group developed from the Tatura Community Plan Committee with the project gaining momentum about three years ago.
He said they had used much of the Crouching Emu Revegetation Project on Dhurringile Rd, conducted from 2006-12, as well as other pre-existing off-road paths.
Similarly Mr Musolino said they would use shared paths already installed at Northlinks Estate.
‘‘Much of the 10km path is already present or in the construction and planning stages and only some key sections remain to be funded, planned and built in the southern end of Tatura,’’ Mr Musolino said.
He said there had recently been a capital bid made to develop a stretch of Dhurringile Rd that is included in the shared path.
‘‘We strongly feel that cycle and shared paths will only truly be successful when they are off-road paths and separated from all vehicles,’’ Mr Musolino said.
He said with increasing obesity and the deteriorating health of the general population, a community that was taking advantage of a well-functioning and easy-to-useand-access walking and cycling network could help address many issues.
‘‘Well-used paths will see benefits, such as improvements in health, well-being and even happiness of our population, reduction of energy usage and pollution as well as admiration from other communities who will look to Tatura to see how a successful walking and cycling network can be created,’’ Mr Musolino said.