2017 Active Transport Survey
To collect information about who is currently using Active Transport as part of their everyday life, how often they are doing it, and find something about what encourages or prevents people from doing more, the 2017 Active Transport Survey is now online and open for people to participate.
To encourage participation, a FABULOUS 21 speed Hybrid bike will be given away to one lucky participant in the survey after it closes on 30th November.
Click here to participate now! You could be the lucky WINNER.
Box Hill Metropolitan Activity Centre (MAC)
The WATAG Committee believes that a major opportunity exists to improve the access to and through the entire Box Hill Metropolitan Activity Centre. The Whitehorse Council issued Draft Box Hill Metropolitan Activity Centre Built Form Guidelines and Amendment C175 to the Whitehorse Planning Scheme, and called for submissions in March 2017.
Whitehorse Council has also identified the need to upgrade the Box Hill Transport Interchange and spells out the need at Building an Even Better Box Hill.
The Council was informed by a major techincal report it commissioned in December 2015, called Building a Better Box Hill.
At the Council’s website is says … “The interchange is hard to use, especially when changing from trams to buses or buses to trains. The bus interchange is old and needs better places to wait. Disability and pram access is poor. Thirty years after it was built we can do better.
Fixing the transport interchange is the last big step in the renewal of Box Hill. …”
WATAG totally agrees, and believes Council needs to ensure that the whole of the Box Hill MAC is planned together with the Transport Interchange.
It is imperative that the local and State Governments work together to plan for the immediate future. A future which is just around the corner! They must ensure that people on foot, on bikes of all types, those with disabilities and people with children and prams can easily and safely access all of Box Hill – north to south and east to west. Planned access to the transport systems is vital or the residents’ worst fears regarding high rise and car-saturation are guaranteed to be realised.
Draft Australian Transport Assessment and Planning (ATAP) Guidelines – Urban Amenity and Liveability
In early August 2017 WATAG had the opportunity to comment on the draft content update for the ATAP guidelines on Urban Amenity-Liveability.
ATAP is to be applauded for introducing the concepts of quality urban amenity
and liveability (and their evaluation) into the ATAP guidelines in relation to transport
infrastructure initiatives by all tiers of government.
WATAG made a comprehensive submission: Click here to view it.
Forest Ridge Draft Development Plan
The 9 hectares of land formerly occupied ATV-0 studios at Forest Hill at the corner of Springvale Rd and Hawthorn Rd is slated to become a new estate called Forest Ridge.
Details of what was proposed to Whitehorse Council can be seen at:
WATAG believes that Active Transport opportunities are most effective if incorporated into the design phase of projects. Accordingly WATAG made a submission commenting on the draft plan. Forest Ridge Development-WATAG Submission July 2017
Earlier in 2017 Whitehorse Council participated in the WalkSpot campaign to enable communities around Melbourne to give feedback about places they walk by clicking on an interactive map online. Some of the comments made rather sensationalist headlines in the local paper!
WATAG made many suggestions. A summary of the WATAG suggestions can be seen by clicking: WATAG Unsafe Walking Locations – Whitehorse April 2017
Dog walking in Whitehorse
Wikipedia reports that “A study by Michigan State University showed that people who walk their dogs are 34% more likely to meet expected levels of exercise…”
An emphasis on being active in order to improve health outcomes for the community is what WATAG is all about.
The rules relating to dog walking in Whitehorse – where can you walk with your dog, and whether a lead is required – are set out in the Domestic Animal Management Plan. Whitehorse is currently developing its plan for 2017-2021 and asked for public comment.
Unrestrained dogs can cause serious injury to bike riders in particular if they cross the path of a cyclist. Walkers – particularly children and less able people in the community, also often feel threatened by unrestrained dogs approaching them. Dog owners sometimes get upset if cyclists complain about their dogs not being on a lead.
WATAG is keen to ensure that all users of public space are able to enjoy themselves without fear of injury or unwanted approaches by dogs. WATAG has asked Whitehorse Council to
WATAG wrote to Whitehorse Council in July 2017 requesting that Council extend an invitation to WATAG to provide a representative for membership of the Domestic Animal Management Advisory Committee for the duration of Councilʼs new Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021.