City master plan approval sought

City master plan approval sought

City Council will be seeking elected members’ approval to adopt a master plan that intends to deliver a quality infrastructure network and place Mount Gambier as a national leader in shared paths and active accessibility.

The final version of the Shared Path Masterplan will be presented at council’s April monthly meeting being held today (Tuesday).

In his report, Environmental Sustainability coordinator Aaron Izzard said council’s investment in shared path and cycling infrastructure has been ad hoc to date.

“A well-developed masterplan will consolidate council’s strategic aspiration,” he said.

“The document will be used to guide the roll out of active transport infrastructure throughout the town.

“This will make Mount Gambier a national leader when it comes to providing dedicated active transport infrastructure in a regional town.”

Feedback from community consultation, elected members and council staff was taken into consideration when developing the masterplan.

“The masterplan has been developed in response to the success of the city’s Rail Trail in assisting the community to be active,” Mr Izzard said.

“It will deliver many valuable outcomes for the community in terms of safety, health, accessibility and recreation.”

According to Mr Izzard, the Rail Trail shared path has been very popular with a wide range of active transport users, including cyclists, pedestrians and those with mobility impairments.

“One of the major reasons for this popularity is the path is separate from motor traffic,” he said.

“Most active transport users, especially cyclists, do not feel safe sharing the road with cars and trucks.

“The positive impact observed with the Rail Trail has highlighted the need for council to provide shared use pathways to further expand on this success and improve accessibility throughout the city.

“Travelling by foot, bike, mobility aids and other forms of active transport is good for physical health and mental health and is the form of exercise most likely to be maintained over the long term.

“Overall, the Shared Path Masterplan provides a roadmap for the future development of shared paths, ensuring a safer, more connected, and inclusive community for all residents.

“The various forms of active transport have many benefits. Good quality infrastructure that makes people feel safe and separated from traffic will get large numbers of people active.”

A final copy of the Shared Path Masterplan along with Draft Shared Path Masterplan community consultation feedback has been attached to the council agenda.

Visit to view council’s full agenda online.

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