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New infrastructure to get people moving

Walkers at Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

Monday 19 August 2019

New infrastructure and programs to encourage people to be more active, more often, will be rolled out in Mount Alexander Shire over the next year as part of a $300,000 grant from Healthy Heart of Victoria (HHV).

Part of the funding will be used to install a pedestrian crossing on Forest Street near Camp Reserve and to develop a trail along Forest Creek to Western Reserve at Castlemaine.

“The crossing and new accessible trail will link up with other tracks and trails to make it easier for people to get active through walking, cycling and scooting,” said Bronwen Machin, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The whole purpose of the HHV funding is to encourage people to get out and about,” said Ms Machin.

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

“Through this grant we’ll also install seating, drinking fountains and wayfinding signs at key locations like the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, along Gingell Street and Campbells Creek Trail,” said Ms Machin.

“We will also develop programs to encourage people to get active rather than rely on a car, which we’ll roll out in the next 12 months,” she said.

“We’re working closely with local groups like Castlemaine Hospital, Castlemaine District Community Health, Mount Alexander Shire Disability Advocacy Group, Castlemaine Secondary College, 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.

“The project aims to help make it easier for people to make healthier choices and reduce their risk of heart disease, obesity and cancers, which are at higher than average levels in our region.”

Infrastructure works are expected to commence later this year.

Image: The grant aims to get people more active, more often. (Photo: Richard Baxter Photography).

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