Locomote is a Walkability Action Group on the Northern Bellarine. It is local community group working to improve walkability in our coastal communities of Portarlington, Indented Head and St Leonards. The group remains active in 2019.
For Indented Head, we have requested funding in the City of Greater Geelong’s 2019/2020 budget to complete missing sections of footpaths to realise a circuit of footpaths to get residents from two housing estates to the our General Store and Post Office. We have no mail deliveries so getting residents off the roads and uneven nature strips is an important project. I have walked the route with our Councillor and we are hoping that we succeed in getting funding this year or at the very least, for consideration with Council in the near future.
In St Leonards, after our success in getting a pedestrian crossing constructed at a very busy T-intersection to the foreshore, we are following up on the other walkability issues that were voted for by the community.
We are re-establishing our relationship with Bellarine Community Health in supporting our efforts with various walkability issues with Council.
Locomote is a completely voluntary effort with representatives from each seaside town.
Locomote aims to:
- Bring focus to walkability issues
- Promote walking to people of all abilities
- Promote walking safety & responsible bike use on shared walk/bike pathways
- Promote walking as Active Travel - directional walking to get the necessities of life, like shopping, banking, going to the doctor, etc, not just for recreation.
Vision: To provide opportunities for residents and visitors to the North Bellarine to walk/ride safely on accessible, scenic walking paths.
Mission: To ensure appropriate walking paths are constructed and maintained to encourage more people to enjoy our coastal environs.
Goals: To promote fitness, fun and socialisation for people of all abilities.
As a walkability advocacy group, Locomote acknowledges the significance of the natural coastal environment and the cultural heritage of the Bengalat Balug clan of the Wadawurrung tribe, who have occupied the Northern Bellarine for thousands of years.
To get in touch with the group about their current activities, please email Ingrid here -> inovoATbigpond.net.au (replace AT with @)