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Borough’s new strategy aims to connect pedestrian improvements

The Borough of Queenscliffe has opened its consultation period for its first active transportation strategy.

The Active Transportation Strategy, the first of its kind, opened its doors on January 24 and will aim to facilitate the movement of citizens in the borough by improving pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in the area.

Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor Ross Ebbels believes there are a range of benefits to be gained from his council’s active transport strategy.

“Active transportation is great for our health, better for our environment, and accessible for our youngest and oldest residents,” said Cr Ebbels.

“Developing an active transportation strategy will allow us to better invest in pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and make getting around the borough safer and easier.

The active transportation strategy seeks to connect the busiest places in the borough, creating greater ease for pedestrians in popular locations in the Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale areas.

“Gaps in our pedestrian and cycle networks, like busy roads without level crossings or trails that suddenly end, make it harder to get around easily and safely,” said Cr Ebbels.

“Assessing the active transportation needs of the entire borough under a single strategy will make it easier for council to identify and fill these gaps, creating seamless networks that are more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.

The borough emphasized that community input will remain a critical component in identifying where investment is most needed and understanding the barriers residents face when choosing active transportation.

The council also encourages residents and visitors to share their ideas by participating in an online survey or interactive webinar.

“Pedestrian and cycling infrastructure is one of our most popular municipal projects,” said Cr Ebbels.

“Participating in this consultation is simple, quick and will help guide the board’s investment in the long term.

“I encourage everyone in our community to share their thoughts with us.”

The Council is due to publish an interim report outlining its findings from the consultation period and its impact on the strategy in March.

Details of how to take part in the consultation period are available on the council’s website at Closing of consultations on Sunday, February 20.

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