The ‘Knowing your Place 3214’ Cycle/Walks Project is about connecting the community to the cycle and walking paths in and around the suburbs of Norlane and Corio near Geelong. It is a project that uses active transport to connect residents with place in a social and physical way, and has been as much about pride of place as encouraging walking and cycling to destinations using the newly constructed Karndoor-kapa track and existing street networks. The demographic and socio-economic analysis of the area reveals that sections of the community have high unemployment rates, low education, low household incomes, low car ownership and are likely to be living in public or rental housing. Therefore, the aims of the project are to support residents to get around using active travel, improve social wellbeing and develop a sense of pride and connectedness within the local community.
The ‘Knowing your Place 3214’ neighbourhood walks have been a creative way of engaging the community in activating their own aspirations for safer places to walk and cycle to key destinations for services and recreation. This project worked with the community to activate cycle loops and to develop a series of cycling and walking routes that link to destinations and services as well as providing a safe and attractive active transport network. The project utilises the Karndoor-kapa track, which forms a loop around the two suburbs that make up the postcode of 3214. The track provides approximately 18 kilometres of shared cycle paths with connections to other trails that link to other parts of the City of Greater Geelong. The following outcomes have been achieved via the implementation of this project: • Increased understanding of concepts of place, walkability, livability and place attachment • Improved and strengthened cultural identity, social cohesion and connection to place • Involvement of local community groups, residents and schools in development and design of walk cycle routes • Skill development: Mapping, Auditing, Presenting • Acknowledgement and involvement of the traditional owners of the land the Wadawurrung people • Increased physical activity by creation of safe, attractive active transport networks • The collaboration between internal and external departments and organisations to provide the active transport network and support activation of the network
- Community Development Officer - City of Greater Geelong
- City of Greater Geelong staff from – Engineering, Arts & Culture, Sport & Recreation, Parks & Gardens, Environment, Planning & Waterways Departments
- Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation
- Community Residents
- Northern Bay Secondary College
- Covenant College
- North Shore Residents Group Inc.
- Nelson Park School
The infrastructure of the Karndoor-kapa cycle loop was funded by the former Department of Planning and Community Development now Regional Development Victoria ($1.4 million) and the City ($500,000).
The Corio Norlane ‘Knowing Your Place’ walks are a creative way of engaging the community in activating their own aspirations for safer places to walk and ride to key destinations for services and recreation.