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Mallacoota: Made for walking!

Ten Mallacoota walks

We've published a new Mallacoota Walks page following a trip by our Executive Officer Ben Rossiter to the area over January.

Ben spent much of his family holiday enjoying Mallacoota's beautiful inlet and bush trails. In good news the existing trails around the township were largely unaffected by the summer bushfires of 2019/20. Repairs to day visitor sites and jetties around Mallacoota's lake have now been completed by Parks Victoria. 

While VicHealth has been supporting bushfire affected communities in various ways, we're creating digital walking maps so that information about the local walk options can easily be viewed by potential visitors and shared on social media. 

A great place to start for inspiration is the Mallacoota Coastal walk, which is 9.5km one-way, or which can be broken up into a series of small walks (see the walk link above, or the Mix and Match section at the bottom of our Mallacoota page).
Photos: Visit Victoria and Destination Gippsland

Conference line-up announced

Our 8th Smart Urban Futures event will feature speakers from the UK, Norway, Belgium and from around Australia.

The 2022 conference will have a special focus on planning that is genuinely responsive to climate change, and that delivers cities for all types of people. Keynote speakers include:

  • Matthew Baldwin: European Coordinator for Road Safety and Sustainable Mobility, European Commission
  • Ellie Cosgrave, Publica UK, an expert in inclusive urban development, safer cities for women/girls
  • Helge Hilnhütter, expert on how urban environments best support public transport access (Norway).

The conference in Melbourne can be attended online or in-person. See the website for more information.

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Scooters: Trials, tribulations and inclusive ways forward

Five weeks into a trial of 'for-hire' electric scooters in Melbourne, and assurances they wouldn't be ridden on footpaths have proved hollow.

Since the trial began local media has detailed the extent of illegal use and shown how this jeopardises the safety and comfort of those who rely on walking for transport and to stay healthy and connected.

Increased mobility options for some should not be coming at the the expense of others, including older people, people with disability and families moving around with young children.

The Victorian Government approved trial is compounding problems caused by the growing and illegal use of powerful, privately-owned e scooters, an issue the federal government has allowed to fester. Governments must take the priority actions at the bottom of our summary.

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Walks of the month

Take a look at some walks created or shared at Walking Maps in February.

​Search for walks by area or name at the homepage, or search for 'Walks Near Me' from a mobile.

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Things we like: Free guided walks

Keen to learn more about the You Yangs on a guided tour? Parks Victoria runs guided walks at many parks, including some new Forest Therapy 🌳 and Mindfulness themed walks 🙂. All events are free! 

The Park Walks are back this month after a Covid-induced hiatus. Trained volunteers run walks on weekend mornings, but also on weekday mornings at some parks. You can search for the events and book a spot at this EventBrite page. Click on the photo for more information. 

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