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Wheels In Motion For Northern Suburbs Trails

29 August 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is helping seven Melbourne councils join forces and create an integrated network of off-road trails.

Minister for Sport John Eren launched the Northern Regional Trails Strategy, which was made possible by a $50,000 Labor Government grant.

Melbourne’s northern suburbs are home to some of Victoria’s most picturesque off-road trails. They’re a great place for locals to embrace the outdoors and improve their health and wellbeing.

The Northern Regional Trails Strategy is the culmination of four years of planning, and brings together 120 existing off-road trails and 96 proposed new trails. In total, the network will span 780 kilometres throughout seven municipalities.

It’s a blueprint towards creating an integrated network of off-road bike and walking paths through Banyule, Whittlesea, Darebin, Yarra, Hume, Moreland and Nillumbik.

Rates of obesity and preventable chronic diseases are rising, but exercise can reverse the trends. The latest figures show that 63 per cent of Australian adults and 25 per cent of kids are overweight or obese. Cycling, walking and running are just some of the keys to a healthier lifestyle.

The Labor Government is working hard to establish, improve and maintain Victoria’s trails across Melbourne and regional Victoria. Our Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund is building the infrastructure that keeps cyclists and pedestrians safer on our roads.

The Strategy is available on council websites.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren

“This trails strategy will motivate more Victorians to pedal their way to a healthy and active lifestyle. Melbourne’s north is a great place to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.”

“Trails aren’t just a great place to exercise, they’re an important driver of local economies. They attract visitors from all over the state.”

“New trails will provide cyclists, walkers and runners with a safe, vehicle-free way to get healthy.”

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