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New crossing near Camp Reserve

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Monday 28 October 2019

A pedestrian crossing will soon be installed to provide a safer link for cyclists and walkers to cross Forest Street near Camp Reserve in Castlemaine.

The crossing will be located near the main entrance gate of Camp Reserve near Gaulton Street and is funded by Healthy Heart of Victoria.

The crossing will feature a refuge island for safer access, concrete footpath, kerbs, minor drainage works and ramps, and will be accessible for people in wheelchairs and motorised scooters.

“Forest Street is a wide road and about 500 vehicles drive along the street in peak hour,” said Phil Josipovic, Director Infrastructure and Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“School children and people who are older or live with disabilities often need to wait in the middle of the road for traffic to pass. The new crossing will significantly improve their safety along this busy road,” said Mr Josipovic.

“We’re also excited that the new crossing will encourage people to get active and make it easier to walk or ride around the community,” he said.

“The new crossing will link many key destinations including Castlemaine CBD, south western suburbs, Winters Flat Primary School, Camp Reserve and Campbells Creek accessible walking and cycling trail,” he said.

“It also will also create a picturesque 4.5km trail that integrates the Barkers Creek Walking and Cycling Trail with the Campbells Creek Trail,” he said.

“This means people will be able to ride or walk from the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens along Gingell Street, past the Castlemaine Railway Station to Camp Reserve and then all the way to the Campbells Creek Park at the end of the Campbells Creek Trail.”

The works will begin in early November and should be finished by Christmas.

Signs will be in place throughout the duration of works. Temporary detours will be signposted. Please seek alternative routes where possible.

Healthy Heart of Victoria is an initiative of the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership that aims to improve health outcomes for residents living in central Victoria.

The initiative has provided a grant to fund the crossing and install other features that will encourage more people to be more active, more often.

“We’ll also be installing seating, drinking fountains and wayfinding signs at key locations like the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, along Gingell Street and Campbells Creek Trail,” said Mr Josipovic.

“The project aims to help make it easier for people to make healthier choices to be active and reduce their risk of chronic disease, obesity and high-risk health behaviours, which are at higher than average levels in our region,” he said.

Healthy Heart of Victoria and Council are working closely with local groups like Castlemaine Health, CHIRP Community Health, Mount Alexander Shire Disability Advocacy Group, Castlemaine Secondary College, Castlemaine Community House, Central Victorian Primary Care Partnership, CycleSafe Mt Alexander and the Department of Transport to ensure a collaborative approach to improving health outcomes in our shire.

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