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Who are the people in COWBAC?
  • The Committee is made up of 12 community minded
    volunteers who have been selected by council for
    a minimum 3 year term.
  • COWBAC represents all cyclists in our
  • Commuters cycling to get to a destination (60
    of cyclists)
  • Recreational cycling for health, fitness and
    fun (40 of cyclists)

COWBACs role within Council
The purpose of the Bicycle Advisory Committee is
to provide community input and assist Council in
planning and providing a safe, convenient cycling
environment for the community, which will
maintain and encourage participation in cycling.
  • Some of the reasons why, as a community, we
    should further encourage cycling are-
  • Cycling is unique in its ability to combine low
    impact physical activity, recreation and
    transport to a wide variety of users from the
    very young to the older members of our community.
  • Cycling provides important Health benefits for a
    population that is failing to meet minimum
    physical activity requirements.
  • Cycling is a carbon neutral, emission free form
    of transport, simultaneously helping your
    constituents fight climate change and reduce the
    impact of rising costs on the family budget.

Encourage participation in cycling
  • One of COWBACs roles is to advise council on
    which cycling related projects meet critical
    needs in the community, such as -
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Community connectivity
  • Livability

The Project that encompasses all of these and
more is-
The Eastern Rail Trail (ERT) Interconnect the
eastern suburbs activity centres within Deakin
and in turn link them to the city.
The Eastern Rail Trail (ERT)(The trail to
sustainability connecting the Electorate of
The ERT project has long been on the agenda of
Local Councils, VicRoads, VicTrack, and the State
Bicycle Committee. The Feasibility study was
completed in June of 1997.
The ERT project provides a major east west,
sustainable transport link for all constituents
in the electorate of Deakin.
The ERT will be the spine connecting many
existing bicycle routes, within the electorate of
ERT Deakin.
  • In the City of Whitehorse alone the ERT will
    encompass key components of the Melbourne 2030
    strategy connecting -
  • Public Transport networks
  • Major Activity Centres
  • Neighbourhood Activity Centres
  • (within 500m of ERT Golden Mile, Eastland, Box
    Hill Centro and the entire Whitehorse Rd/
    Maroondah Hwy precinct)
  • Schools
  • (within 500m of ERT13 schools and within 1km of
    ERT 21 schools)
  • Community Parks Gardens
  • (and all of the other facilities that, over the
    years have developed along the rail line
    including Box Hill hospital and TAFE)

Mike Symon Your mission, if you choose to accept
it is-
To use your own words It is incumbent on us to
make sure the country we pass on to our children
and their children is a better country than it is
today As our local Federal Member of
Parliament, your community need YOU to endorse
and champion the Eastern Rail Trail Project from
concept to reality. Farsighted when originally
conceived in the early 90s in the current
climate, it is the project whos time has
arrived. One key fact proven world wide to
promote cycling better than any other is the
development of Infrastructure.
Build it, and they will come
  • 150,000 visit EastLink Road Show
  • ConnectEast thanks the 150,000 Victorians who
    cycled, ran and walked EastLink at EastLink Road
    Show on 15 June, and all those who made this
    unique event such a huge success.
  • The EastLink Road Show, hosted by ConnectEast,
    featured events at several sites along EastLink
    including at Ringwood and Monash.
  • Around 50,000 cyclists participated in the day -
    making it the biggest cycling event ever held in
    Australia. See the photographs below.

http// Department of
Infrastructure TravelSmart and Local Area Access
Program (LAAP) grants provide funding for
projects showing the way forward in addressing
the attitudinal, physical, and institutional
barriers to walking, cycling and public
transport. The projects are funded as part of
Meeting Our Transport Challenges strategy and
administered by the Walking and Cycling Branch at
the Department of Transport http//www.environme Reducing pollution from motor
vehicles National initiatives to reduce the
impact of road transport on environment quality,
urban amenity and human health The strategies for
the Department of the Environment, Water,
Heritage and the Arts work are addressing the
nature and growth of vehicle travel by improving
sustainable transport, including through
encouraging high occupancy vehicle use and
promoting walking, cycling and public transport
integrating land use and transport planning Department of
Sustainability Environment www.melbourne2030.vic
Key Stakeholder City of Whitehorse
Springvale Road/Whitehorse Road Intersection
 State Government audit of all 1880 railway level
crossings in Victoria has confirmed that the
Springvale Road level crossing in Nunawading has
the highest risk of accidents of all level
crossings in Victoria. Council has been actively
campaigning for something to be done for the past
five years and welcomes comments from The Hon.
Lynne Kosky, Minister for Public Transport, that
the State Government is committed to working with
the Federal Government to grade separate
Springvale Road at this location.
  • City of Boroondara
  • Jim Hondrakis
  • Team Leader Transport Management
  • Ph (03) 9278 4546 fax  (03) 9278 4512
  • e-mail
  • Private Bag 1
  • Camberwell 3124
  • City of Yarra
  • Richard Smithers
  • Transport Coordinator
  • ph (03) 9205-5739, mob 0437 355 821, fax (03)
  • email
  • PO Box 168
  • Richmond 3121
  • Jim and Richard coordinate works on bike
    infrastructure in Boroondara and Yarra
    respectively. Both are very keen to make
    improvements and both are very supportive of an
    East-West link.

Community and Industry support
  • Boroondara Bicycle Users
  • Cycling Promotion Fund
  • Yarra Bicycle Users Group
  • http// Maroondah
    Bicycle Users Group
  • Bicycle Victoria

Extracts from Melbourne 2030 Report
State government 2030 report The importance of
linking Activity Centres
  • Policy 8.7 Give more priority to cycling and
    walking in planning urban development and in
    managing our road system and neighbourhoods
  • For many trips, walking and cycling are the most
    energy-efficient and effective means of mobility,
    minimising the environmental impacts of travel
    and providing direct benefits for personal health
    and social wellbeing.
  • Much urban development in past decades has
    discouraged the use of walking and cycling.
    People are put off cycling by traffic and by the
    lack of end-of-trip facilities including parking,
    storage and showers. Pedestrians, people with
    prams and pushers, and people using wheelchairs
    and scooters are discouraged by the poor quality
    of the pedestrian environment. The design of many
    newer subdivisions locates neighbourhood
    facilities such as local shopping centres and
    community facilities beyond convenient walking
  • These barriers will be removed to create an
    environment that is safe and attractive for all
    people, including pedestrians and cyclists, and
    particularly for the young and other vulnerable
    users. Local cycling networks and new cycling
    facilities will complement the metropolitan-wide
    network of bicycle routes the Principal Bicycle
    Network which will be completed, resources
    permitting, by 2015. Figure 44. Providing for
  • Initiatives
  • 8.7.1Continue to develop the Principal Bicycle
    Network to be completed (resources permitting)
    by 2015 and give priority to sections that link
    with activity centres
  • 8.7.2Implement a walking action plan (for the
    whole of Victoria) that includes provision for
    footpath-bound vehicles such as wheelchairs,
    prams and scooters
  • 8.7.3Amend planning and/or building controls so
    that end-of-trip facilities for bicycles are
    provided in commercial buildings
  • 8.7.4Provide improved facilities, particularly
    storage, for cyclists at public transport
    interchanges and rail stations
  • 8.7.5Develop a bicycle action plan which brings
    together all elements needed to substantially
    increase bicycle use

State government 2030 report The importance of
linking Activity Centres
  • Planning gt Policy and
    Projects gt Transit Cities
  • Transit Cities Melbourne 2030 in action Imagine
    having easy access to a range of transport,
    housing, shops, services and job opportunities.
    Imagine living in a safe, vibrant, community that
    sets a new standard in urban design.
  • By encouraging development around public
    transport, Transit Cities will be able to deliver
    these outcomes to residents. It's another way the
    State Government is delivering better social,
    economic and environmental outcomes to the whole
  • Box Hill Ringwood are Transit Cities
  • Box HillMs Fiona PowellProject Manager Phone
    03 9637 9202Email
  • RingwoodMs Martina JohnsonProject
    ManagerPhone 03 9637 8202Email

Sport has not only health benefits, but an
intrinsic worth to our country's social and
economic wellbeing
Health dimension
Social and economic dimensions
  • Physical inactivity increases all causes of
    mortality, doubles the risk of cardiovascular
    disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. It also
    increases the risks of colon and breast cancer,
    high blood pressure, lipid disorders,
    osteoporosis, depression and anxiety
  • Physical inactivity was the fourth leading cause
    of burden of disease in Australia in 2003 (7 of
    total burden)
  • Australians are avid sports participants and
    viewers, but many people still lead inactive
  • Sport is a growing economic force
  • 2006 census data indicates that 1.0 of employed
    persons have their main job in sports which is
    a 21.6 increase since the previous census
    (compared with 8.7 growth across other
  • In 2004-5, the 9,356 sporting businesses and
    organisations generated 8.8b in revenue1 11.7
    growth since 2000-1
  • Sport is an important part of society
  • The 2006 General Social Survey indicates that
    sport is the number one source of volunteer work
    (11.4 of population)
  • Research indicates a range of social and personal
    benefits from participation in sports2
  • Skill acquisition improved self-esteem expanded
    social networks community trust

1. Includes government funding 2. See a summary
of this research, in Social impacts of
participation in the Arts and Cultural Activity
(2004) Source ABS, 4177.0 Participation in
Sports and Physical Recreation Australia (2007)
ABS, 4835.0.55.001 Physical Activity in
Australia A Snapshot, 2004-5 (2006)
Growing rates of obesity are likely to be
accompanied by higher prevalence of chronic
Prevalence of long-term health conditions,1 by
weight class 2004-5
  • Healthy weight
  • Overweight
  • Obese

1. Defined as all conditions with actual or
expected duration of 6 months or more (may
include, for example, short or long-sightedness)
Source ABS 4364.0, National Health Survey
Summary of Results 2004-5 (2006) ABS 4719.0,
Overweight and obesity in Adults, Australia,
2004-5 (2008)
Current health funding remains overwhelmingly
focused on treatment
National health expenditure, by area of
expenditure Australia 2005/6 ( per capita)
1. Includes Commonwealth, State and local
governments 2. Includes private health
insurance funds, injury compensation insurers,
and private individuals 3. Includes public and
private hospitals and patient transportation
Source AIHW, National health expenditure 2005-6
(AIHW data cube)