The seven Eastern Metropolitan Councils of Melbourne (Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges) along with the Victorian Government have undertaken a strategic review of their regional shared trails.
A contract was awarded to Fitzgerald Frisby Landscape Architecture (FFLA) to develop the strategy, which was completed in January 2019.
The report provides a useful overview of the trail network in Melbourne’s east as well as some requirements for upgrades to the various trails studied. However, other than an initial questionnaire, there does not seem to have been much input from cycling groups, nor their input particularly sought. This is rather disappointing. It remains to be seen whether this report stimulates greater investment in shared trails, or becomes just another consultant’s report sitting on the shelf.
Earlier documents relating to the project include a Community Bulletin which explains what the project is about and the key areas of focus.
MeBUG members have previously prepared the following proposals that may be useful in developing the Strategy: