Victoria Walks has been invited onto a number of key Government advisory committees and reference groups relevant to creating walkable communities and increasing the health of Victorians.
Wherever possible, Victoria Walks makes submissions to relevant Victorian, National and Local Government policy processes, some of which we have posted on our Submissions page.
We are members of a variety of local, state and international advocacy forums and associations.
Victoria Walks is closely involved in the ongoing debate on a new Metropolitan Planning Strategy.
We developed our Plan for a Walkable Melbourne in response to the government discussion paper Melbourne Let's Talk About the Future. The Plan for a Walkable Melbourne sets out a range of measures that could create a walking city. For more information see our news item and media release.
The Government is expected to release a draft Metropolitan Planning Strategy in mid 2013. Victoria Walks will continue to push for walking to be a key element of the strategy.
Victoria Walks was the leading voice advocating for a Victorian Pedestrian Advisory Council (VPAC).
VPAC was established by the Victorian Government in 2012 to: provide an ongoing forum for the consideration of ways to increase walking; explore ways to increase the sustainability and efficiency of the transport system by increasing walking in the transport system; and explore ways to increase Victorian Physical Activity levels through walking, particularly utilitarian walking, such as walking the kids to school or walking to the shops.
The VPAC is jointly chaired by the Department of Transport and VicHealth and consists of representatives from the following organisations:
This demonstration project involves the development of Principal Pedestrian Networks (PPN) at four locations in Melbourne and Geelong. With funding from the Australian Government's Liveable Cities Program, the Victorian Department of Transport (DoT) is working with four local councils (Booroondara, Frankston, Geelong and Yarra Ranges), Victoria Walks and Melbourne University on a practical demonstration of a new method to support walking as a transport option.
Principal Pedestrian Network (PPN) methodology developed by DoT is a new approach to ensure pedestrians are appropriately prioritised in transport planning and investment. The PPN process involves mapping out and planning for a higher quality walking environment on key routes to local activity centres such as shops and schools and to transport hubs. Victoria Walks was involved in the devlopment of the PPN methodology.
The Station User Panel (2011-2012) was established by the Department of Transport to advise on how train station development and redevelopment projects can better reflect the expectations of users and communities, and enhance the places in which they are located.
The SUP developed Railway Station Useability Principles to improve people's experience of the railway system.
SUP consists of representatives from the following organisations:
Victoria Walks sat on both the Working Group and Steering Group for the development of the Department of Transport's Pedestrian Access Strategy: A strategy to increase walking for transport in Victoria 2010
The Pedestrian Access Strategy was developed under the previous Victorian Government as a vision for a more pedestrian-friendly transport system for Victorians. The aim of the strategy is to encourage more Victorians to walk, especially for short trips.
Victoria Walks sat on the Hoddle Street Study Stakeholder Advisory Group (VicRoads) that was established to inform the planning of Hoddle Street to ensure current and emerging issues are considered in the development of options. Unfortunately, HSSSAG is not currently sitting.
Victoria Walks is: