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Support for active transport strong in the ACT

By Ben Faulks

Residents of property in Evatt have no shortage of public transport options when it comes to getting from A to B, but it seems that cycling and walking have seen a rise in support.

Shane Rattenbury, minister for territory and municipal services and transport reform, revealed that as many as two-thirds of people want more government funding and support for active transport.

"According to the Investment in Active Transport Survey, which was conducted by the National Heart Foundation and Cycling Promotion Fund, many people do not cycle or walk as much as they would like because the infrastructure isn't up to scratch," Mr Rattenbury revealed.

He suggested that in order for the region to become healthier and more vibrant, efforts need to be made to encourage those living in Evatt property and other areas to get out and about more often. So far, an Active Transport Office has been established within the government, and it has been given greater priority in the latest budget.

Earlier this year, it was announced that new cycling and walking facilities would be installed at the National Arboretum Canberra. The three trails will run from the Village Centre to a number of different points of interest, which include the Himalayan cedar forest and the Wide Brown Land sculpture.

"Canberra is well known for its great walking and mountain biking tracks and this work will create another great location for Canberrans to get out and be active and enjoy our beautiful outdoors," noted Mr Rattenbury.

The footpath leading to the main entrance is set to be widened in order to enhance accessibility and safety, while more shading will also be installed. Deciduous crepe myrtle trees and low shrubs will be planted surrounding the paths leading to and from the car park to protect visitors from the sun.

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