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... another update from King Basin Landcare Group

… another update from King Basin Landcare Group

Cycling Push for King Valley

A Cycling in the King Valley Action Group has recently formed to promote the construction of bicycle paths between Wangaratta and Lake William Hovell.

Cyclists crossing Kansas in the Bikecentennial...
Open road riding

The group has already met with Clayton Neil, the Cycle Tourism Officer for Wangaratta, Alpine and Indigo shires, to explore funding options and strategies.

The creation of cycling and walking tracks would be of enormous benefit to the King Valley community, suggests group member Helen Bird.

“There would be a multitude of spin offs from this simple piece of infrastructure,” Mrs Bird said.

“The economic benefits through more recreational tourism are obvious,” she said. “But just as importantly the local residents will enjoy safer and easier walking and riding around and between their communities”.

“The positives for our general health and well being can hardly be exaggerated,” Mrs Bird said.

“Bike paths and rail trails have been a tremendous success and advantage in other parts of our region,” she said.

“We have talked about them for a number of years now and there is a lot of in principle support for the idea here and in Council.”

“We now have to take the next steps,” Mrs Bird said

As a first step the group is seeking widespread expressions of community support for presentation to Council, to set the groundwork for specific funding submissions.

At this point support is being sought firstly for the broad proposal to construct a rail trail from Wangaratta to Whitfield and Cheshunt.

In addition a number of specific local paths are being proposed for immediate construction. These would run from Whitfield to Gentle Annie, Whitfield to Cheshunt, Moyhu to the King River swimming hole at Moyhu. A fourth path from Cheshunt to Gentle Annie, skirting the King River, is also being mooted

“It is crucial that we get back up from a range of interests in the community, from local businesses to community groups, sporting organisations, families and individuals,” Mrs Bird said.

“I urge everyone to get behind us,” she said

If you want more information or would like to become involved in this project, contact Helen Bird on 03 57 298395


Written by Greg Naylor

3 March 2009 at 12:40 am

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  1. In the interim between now and when council constructs some bike trails, a bit of self help might be useful. As the moment, cyclists are limited to the roadways without any line marking or other identification for/of cyclists.

    How difficult would it be to get landholders to slash a tractor width along their nature strips. It would make it safer for those walking and on cycles and might even embarrass the council into formallising these tracks

    Greg Naylor

    3 March 2009 at 1:32 am

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