Track gains mo­men­tum

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Tara Whitsed

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.

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