The Shire of Mukinbudin's Walk Trail is an example of how shared facilities provided in response to community expectations can increase physical activity in a community. There are approximately 800 people in the central wheatbelt Shire of Mukinbudin and they were motivated to invest in a Walk Trail after excellent local community support for the statewide Western Australia’s Giant Walk Guinness World Record Challenge.
Local community members and seniors groups contacted the Shire expressing an interest in securing facilities that would improve the health of the community. The group did not want the new facility to focus on the existing organised sporting activities in the Shire, but to provide an alternative.
Currently, Mukinbudin has a comprehensive range of sporting facilities: an Olympic-size swimming pool, grassed football oval, indoor netball, basketball and cricket facilities, all season tennis courts, badminton and squash courts, hockey oval, beach volleyball, bowling greens, dirt kart track, 18 hole golf course and pony club.
Community interest in an alternative form of physical exercise has seen the existing Botanical Trail, which links with existing services, upgraded to provide a new and improved Walk Trail.
The Shire's objectives to provide an alternative to the existing well organised sporting facilities was supported by an investment in infrastructure.
- Water fountains for users, including water bowls for pets, benches and exercise stations were installed along the length of the walk trail.
- Four exercise stations and benches were constructed at key locations to support increased stretching and physical activity.
- Signage was installed for easy and convenient recognition of the 4.6km trail.
- The Shire produced maps and held community events to promote the Walk Trail.
Some basic rules, such as no vehicles or motorbikes on the Walk Trail, ensured a safe pedestrian environment.
Due to the investment in infrastructure and promotion, walking groups now run annual events such as the Bike-a-thon held along the Walk Trail. A greater number of community members are now enjoying the health benefits of increased physical activity.
- Mukinbudin Planning and Development Group
- Mukinbudin Wildflower Society
- Shire of Mukinbudin
- Western Australian Government Physical Activity Taskforce
- Western Australian Local Government Association
$33,700 (including $11,200 Local Activity Grant funding)
The Mukinbudin Walk Trail is an example of how Local and State Government agencies can work together for the benefit of a rural community. This project not only demonstrates the benefits of sharing facilities, it also has a number of other health, economic, environmental, social and use benefits.