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Family friendly footpaths needed for Yarrawonga

A Yarrawonga mother has launched a campaign for more footpaths to be installed along local streets.

FIONA BLICK January 7, 2014 3:54pm

Concerned resident Catherine McKinley told the Yarrawonga Chronicle she spoke to Moira Shire Council recently voicing her concerns about young children and parents with prams being forced to walk on the road because there was no alternative.

“Between Kathryn Crescent and Derry Drive there is no walking path at all along Zorro Drive and this is a highly trafficked route, particularly during the morning drop off and afternoon pick up at the nearby childcare centre,” Catherine said.

“For that short amount of distance there is no footpath and so many people end up on the road because they can’t or don’t want to walk over people’s lawns and garden areas.”

Although the footpath exists on other parts of Zorro Drive, Catherine said as soon as this ends it was clear where people began to walk on the road.

“I feel that continuing the footpath to the end of Zorro Drive so that it connects to the Murray Valley Highway is an important project,” she said.

And according to Catherine parts of Witt Street were also the same.

“There is nowhere to walk along sections of Witt Street and it is a real thoroughfare, particularly for kids travelling to school,” she said.

“Witt Street attracts a lot of traffic and the intersection of Witt Street and Woods Road are very difficult to negotiate.

“Children on scooters are forced onto the road on their journey to school, prams either have to tackle the difficult terrain of lawns or walk on the road, as do all other users.

                                                                                                   

“Yarrawonga is a great town to be out and about in, walking and cycling, but we should be safe as well.

“Moira Shire was positive and helpful when I spoke to them about my concerns.

“They told me if I can show there is a real need with good community support then we might be able to access funding.”

Moira Shire Council is responsible for the construction and maintenance of all local roads, streets, and urban drainage networks.

New roads, streets, and drains are funded by special charge schemes, grants, and council funds.

Footpaths are provided to the community to facilitate a safe, convenient, and defined means for pedestrian movement alongside roadways and to link public spaces.

“I would ask people to seriously consider showing their support for this worthwhile project by signing the petition that will be available at Sacred Heart College, Sacred Heart Primary School, Yarrawonga College P-12 primary campus, Yarrawonga Newsagents and Sacred Heart Church,” Catherine said.

“If we work together on projects such as this to build our community I truly believe it demonstrates our care and concern for each other and highlights the value of living in a rural community where people come first.”

For more information on petitioning for footpath development in Yarrawonga please contact Catherine McKinley on cafren79@hotmail.com.

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