Shared pathway to new estates

WELLINGTON Shire Council will soon build a new path from the Sale central business district to the Woondella, Glebe and Boulevard estates on Maffra-Sale Rd.

A survey conducted by council officers found 75 per cent of respondents preferred the path go through Saleyards Reserve.

The other option presented to residents was along Dawson St and Saleyards Rd in front of the Gippsland Regional Livestock Exchange.

Council provided information to all residences in the three estates, and council officers met community members on site at the Woondella playground in April to answer questions and provide information on the project.

Council built and natural environment general manager Chris Hastie said officers were surprised by the number of people who responded to the path survey.

“We received a total of 98 survey responses, of which 75 per cent came from residents of the three estates. As well as looking at the numbers, we’ve thoroughly reviewed all of the feedback comments,” Mr Hastie said.

“Community members have been very engaged with this process. Some people have taken the time to walk the two options in order to present the most informed responses.

“Our report to council presents the survey findings together with the themes we have identified through this process. It also presents a range of measures to minimise any concerns raised during that process, such as personal security and path lighting.”

Linking the Maffra-Sale Rd estates to the Sale CBD is a high priority within council’s Walking and Cycling Strategic Plan 2012-16.

The 2.5 metre wide concrete path will provide accessible linkages for pedestrians, cyclists and mobility devices.

Council will review the survey outcomes and make a final decision on the path’s alignment during its meeting tonight from 6pm.