Let's Walk Long Gully initiative to be launched
Let’s Walk Long Gully, a community walking loop developed in consultation with the community by the Healthy Heart of Victoria initiative in partnership with Victoria Walks, will be launched on Tuesday 26 November at the Long Gully Neighbourhood Centre.
Let’s Walk Long Gully is a 50 minute walking route designed for people to have the option of taking a short 20 minute walk, a medium 30 minute walk or the whole 50 minute route.
The walk is clearly marked by brightly coloured decals that start and end at the Long Gully Neighbourhood Centre. It includes part of the Long Gully Trail and travels past the Long Gully Splash Park and Recreation Reserve, before looping back past the Long Gully Community Garden and Family Playground. Artwork along the Long Gully Trail has also been updated as a point of interest.
City of Greater Bendigo Active and Healthy Lifestyles Manager Lincoln Fitzgerald said the aim of the project is to provide Long Gully residents with an option to increase their regular participation in recreational walking and active travel in a safe and inclusive environment.
“The initiative also aims to increase social connections as well as the physical and mental health of the local community,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
“Let’s Walk Long Gully has been developed to provide residents with an accessible and inclusive option to increase their physical activity within their local neighbourhood.
“The clearly mapped walking route has been created to give locals a physical activity option that is right on their doorstep that they can walk at any time. We hope to encourage community members to utilise Let’s Walk Long Gully for not only physical fitness, but also for active travel and connecting with other community members.”
Victoria Walks Executive Officer Dr Ben Rossiter said VicHealth funded research shows that women like the social aspect of walking with others.
“Let’s Walk offers the chance to meet new people and walk together and Victoria Walks is thrilled to see Bendigo getting behind Let’s Walk, the community loves getting out and about and walking,” Dr Rossiter said.
A supporting brochure has been created featuring a map that highlights key features of the route, including the Long Gully Trail, Long Gully Splash Park and Recreation Reserve and the Long Gully Community Garden. The map is available at Long Gully Neighbourhood Centre, Long Gully Post Office, Bendigo Community Health in Eaglehawk as well as on the City of Greater Bendigo website.”
To support the launch of Let’s Walk Long Gully, Victoria Walks, as part of the Healthy Heart of Victoria initiative is hosting weekly organised community walks on selected dates until February 2020. All members of the community are encouraged to attend, including parents with children in prams or on bikes and scooters.
The organised walks will be held on the following Tuesdays – November 26 (launch, walk and morning tea), December 3, December 10, December 17, January 21, January 28, February 4 and February 11.
Let’s Walk Long Gully is a local program developed as part of the Healthy Heart of Victoria initiative which aims to improve health outcomes across the Loddon Campaspe region – the ‘heart’ of Victoria. Other programs planned within the Long Gully area as part of the initiative include footpath upgrades and the installation of outdoor fitness equipment.