Brimbank City Council has endorsed a strategic plan that will improve the quality and usage of walking, jogging and cycling paths in Western Metropolitan Melbourne.
The Western Metropolitan Regional Trails Strategic Plan (West Trails) is an initiative developed by six local councils in Melbourne’s west that aims to improve connectivity, quality and usage of regional trails in Melbourne’s western region over the next 10 years.
The plan identified 19 trails for development including a 7.5 kilometre Trail extension of the Sydenham Rail Trail in Brimbank, which will provide an 11 kilometre direct link from Watergardens Station to central Melbourne via the Sunshine Path offering an excellent commuter cycling corridor to the CBD.
Working with other Councils
Brimbank has been working together with the Cities of Hobson’s Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham since February 2013 to establish interconnected and well-used regional trail network that is accessible for all pedestrians and cyclists in Melbourne’s west.
The West Trails regional plan includes:
A defined network of regional trails within Western Metropolitan Melbourne, specifically referencing the gaps in provision to address connectivity
A priority list of new trail and improvement projects such as resurfacing
Guidelines for trail branding and supporting facilities to assist and encourage participation, specifically consistent signage and trail information across the region
Opportunities for the various land managers to continue to work together to implement the strategy’s actions
Business case information to support future funding applications
Increased tourism opportunities.
Communities played a vital role in shaping the direction of the West Trails report with each municipality holding community consultations to identify priorities and potential trail improvement projects.
The report has been prepared in accordance with the Brimbank Council Plan 2013-2017 and Brimbank Cycling and Walking Strategy 2008.