If you are interested in safer, more convenient and healthier transport options, you’ve come to the right website!
To those readers not in WATAG’s local area, please forgive us for unashamedly promoting something very local, but it’s local Council election time.
We wanted to know what the candidates in Whitehorse think about issues important to us, so we asked them in an online survey.
And there’s plenty of choice for voters in Whitehorse!
At closed of nominations 47 hopeful candidates had registered for a single Councillor position for each of the new 11 Wards.
Some Wards have eight candidates vying for one position.
With such a big field to choose from, and Covid-19 restrictions making normal campaigning impossible, how will voters choose between them?
A candidate statement from each contender will be included in the ballot pack the Victorian Electoral Commission sends you.
But these statements are brief, and usually tell you what the candidate wants you to know which is not necessarily what YOU want to know.
Whitehorse residents can check their candidates’ attitudes to issues by reading their responses to our survey. Issues such as council consultation with the community, walking and cycling, support for small business by re-purposing street space, rates and budgets are ranked and rated by the candidates.
Don’t forget, you need to complete and return your ballot paper as soon as possible. Voting closes at 6 pm on Friday 23 October, and voting is compulsory.
Click here to read the responses.
WATAG promotes Active Transport
Here’s just one good reason why. Health, Safety and Convenience are perhaps even more important.
Total cost to society per commute – Coburg to Melbourne CBD
Read the latest “Active Whitehorse News” click here
Active Whitehorse News is a very readable web-based bi-monthly newsletter.
Here’s the highlights in this edition:
- Its hard to make progress
- A World Wide Welcome
- Active streets – the new normal
- Small successes are sweet
- Recycled plastic roads
- A car is a car is a car!
- Peddling around the world
- Streets for people
- The challenge of car-dependency
- Are cargo bikes a lot of rubbish?
- Want to end congestion?
- Covid car-clogging. How to avoid it
- Walking economics
- Active travel studies
- Smarter helmets
- School travel
- The future and your say in shaping it
- Learning from Covid-19
- Let’s insert ‘al’ into Austria if we can!
- Interested in being Active too? Here’s how
- Some questions for YOU
Check out our news sources below and the rest of our website too.
Interested in Box Hill’s development?
These are interesting single items of news published on an ad-hoc basis a few times a month. These items are sourced from from all-over, and have an emphasis on or relevance to Active Transport. Some would say these articles are essential reading for those involved in transport planning and delivery, and those seeking to influence them.
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We are @WATAG10. See most recent tweets in the side column on the right or click here.
What’s approved, under construction, planned, or just in the pipeline for Box Hill. This is an older item, but still very relevant. Click here for an overall view and a closer look at each development. Click here for some great ideas about a possible future for Box Hill.
Active Transport – What is it?*
Active transport refers to any form of human-powered transportation – walking, cycling, using a wheelchair¹ or even in-line skating or skateboarding. (*Definition adapted from the Public Health Agency of Canada) ¹Note: We include private mobility carts used instead of a wheelchair to enhance mobility.
There are many ways to engage in active transportation, whether it is walking to the bus stop or train, cycling to school to work or to the shops, or going by wheelchair or mobility cart to the library or to visit a friend. You can even run your business on a bike! Bruce Horsburgh of Blackburn North runs a Gardening business and can often be seen on the Koonung Creek Trail or around Whitehorse, Balwyn, Kew and Canterbury traveling to his clients. That’s very Active Transport for a very active Active job! What are the benefits? There are many reasons to encourage people to use active transport rather than a car.
- Health – Active transport provides an opportunity to be physically active on a regular basis.
- Social – Active transport is accessible to virtually everyone and increases social interactions.
- Convenience – Active transport reduces road congestion and increases road safety, and encourages people to use public transport
- Environmental – Active transport and associated public transport use is environmentally-friendly and can contribute to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
- Economic – Active transport saves personal money on fuel and parking, and reduces the need for expensive additional public expenditure on road infrastructure for cars.
Why have an Action group?
In a few words … To achieve improved health and environmental sustainability We believe this can be achieved by:
- Promotion of safe participation in active transport for all people – walking, cycling and mobility travel
- Promotion and advocacy for greater access to, and use of, public transport for all people
- Promotion and encouragement of safe and respectful behaviour towards other transport users when ‘on the move’.
And by liaison with:
- Relevant local, state and federal governments and authorities in relation to the planning and construction of active transport infrastructure for walking, cycling, accessibility and public transport connectivity.
- Other like-minded groups to achieve the above outcomes.
Your interest or involvement?
WATAG Inc is a representative community group, so the interest and support of people like you is essential. Refer to About Us page for details of how WATAG Inc. is structured.