TWO new maps introduced to make walking and cycling around Wendouree easier, were launched last week. The two new ‘Easy Walk’ and ‘Easy Cycle’ resources were developed by the City of Ballarat in partnership with the Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre to support active transport. During April, 20 local Wendouree residents tested pathways to work out how far they could travel from central Wendouree in 10 and 20 minutes. The information gathered at the ‘Map My Neighbourhood’ event was used to create the maps.
For many residents their journey from home to a shop or recreation location can easily be achieved in a 10 to 20 minute journey. As well as being a healthier, greener alternative to driving, walking saves people money, gives them a chance to get to know their neighbours, encourages local shopping and helps make streets safer. Local traders benefit too with research suggesting that people who walk to the shops spend more money and make more shopping trips than people who drive.
The City of Ballarat is encourages active transgatherings in Ballarat’s Civic Hall from 1956 to 2002. It gathers together rarely seen material, and includes photographs, architectural drawings, news cuttings, early Council documents, costumes, cartoons and artwork.
A large photograph of Michael Hutchence, lead singer of INXS, dominates one wall, while the cartoons of John Ditchburn amusingly document the ongoing debate over the Civic Hall.
WIN TV has contributed a compilation of news footage over the years, interspersed with some of the Hall’s highlights, including Prince Charles visit, the balls and trade shows, including a large exhibition of cars held there. This Saturday, 20 June, at 2pm two excellent speakers will further enhance the exhibition. Robin Grow, President of the Art Deco port across the municipality as it supports healthier and more sustainable alternatives to driving.
The City of Ballarat’s Sport and Recreation Strategy and 2013-2017 Council Plan both highlight the importance of active transport. The maps will be available at the Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre, City of Ballarat Customer Service Centre, 25 Armstrong Street South and online at www.ballarat. vic.gov.au