Kilmore East on Track

8 Dec 2009

Kilmore East on track (North Central Review)

KILMORE East residents have long suffered without a means to walk around their community safely but this may change thanks to a petition lodged with the Shire Council.
Mitchell Shire Council agreed to place a Kilmore East Walking/Cycling track on its funding schedule for the Regional and Community Infrastructure Program (Round Two) at its last council meeting.
An allowance of $60,000 will create a 453-metre footpath adjacent to the railway station on O’Grady’s Road, from Harrington Street to the Kilmore East Sunday Creek Road intersection.
This section of road will have a 2.5 metre wide granitic track meandering beside it.
The project is estimated to be completed by November 2010 if a funding application made to the Federal Government is successful.
Mitchell Shire Council received a petition regarding the Kilmore East Walking/Cycling track on November 23.
The petition had been posted at the Kilmore East station for just a few weeks prior to submission but managed to collect 88 signatures from local residents and frequent train users.
The petition asked for council to streamline the first stage of a walking track between Kilmore East and Kilmore.
The petition specified that the local residential area between Harrington Street and the Kilmore East Sunday Creek Road/O’Sheas Road intersection are in dire need of a footpath.
O’Grady’s Road is one of the main routes through Kilmore East, separating the residential area from the train lines.
Residents said that it is also the main road for gravel trucks and vehicles heading to the freeway and is a two-way street that pedestrians, including school children, have been sharing with vehicles.
Residents said trucks, buses and cars travel along O’Grady’s Road coming from an 80km zone to a 50km zone, and very few of the vehicles reduce their speed in this residential area adjacent to the Kilmore East railway station.
Kilmore East resident Amy Bell said there is need to maintain pressure for a walking track between Kilmore East and Kilmore.
"A main walking path will integrate the communities of Kilmore East and Kilmore with another transport option," Amy said.
"A track will also become a tourism drawcard, travelling the historical pathway from Kilmore, through Pound Gully to Kilmore East train station, which was built in 1872."
Amy would like to see the track eventually travel all the way to Wandong, as the railway line is part of Hume and Hovel’s original route to what is now Melbourne.
She said the Kilmore East to Kilmore walking/cycling track would produce a major infrastructure project in the community to ensure jobs and make a positive statement about the Mitchell Shire.
A geotechnical firm has estimated the cost of constructing a walking track between Kilmore East and Kilmore at $450,000 and the council intends to apply for funding to complete this project in the future.
Until this time, footpath works in Kilmore East and Kilmore, on Union Street, linking the existing Victoria Street path to East Street, will attempt to alleviate some transport issues.
The council will also approach the Department of Transport to extend bus services to weekends.