Longer trails lift kids’ safe cycling

Glenrowan, Milawa projects included in the draft budget

ON THEIR BIKE: Steve Collins (front), deputy chair Milawa Markwood Development Association (MMDA), and Kevin de Henin, MMDA committee member, are rapt an extension of the rail trail to the Milawa Recreation Reserve. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

CYCLING infrastructure boosts proposed for Milawa and Glenrowan are “little hidden gems” in the Rural City of Wangaratta budget, according to Councillor Tammy Atkins.

The projects, which are part of council’s draft 2013-2014 budget, involve spending $85,000 on a rail trail extension from the centre of Milawa to the Milawa Recreation Reserve, and $65,000 on extension of a shared path that would link Glenrowan and Hamilton Park.

Cr Atkins said both were projects that would not only provide more options for cycle tourism, but importantly would improve safety and accessibility for residents.

“The focus of this budget has been on internal council issues and the saleyards, but it’s great to see these smaller projects which mean a lot to local communities, moving forward,” she said.

The 800m Milawa path extension would run from the Milawa crossroads to the recreation reserve, so cyclists and walkers are not forced on to the busy Snow Road.

“There is no path to the recreation reserve at present, not even a goat track,” Cr Atkins said.

“In terms of people, and particularly children, going to the recreation reserve for sport, you would be dicing with your own life to ride or walk out there.

“This path would make a big difference, and would extend the rail trail, which currently stops at the crossroads near the hotel.”

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