The Darebin – Yarra link will benefit a broad range of people from school children to retirees, from commuters to family groups. Through walking, cycling, jogging, and appreciation of nature it will connect communities. It will close a serious gap in Melbourne’s extensive trail network.
The link will open up a safe cycling route for Ivanhoe and Alphington children to ride safely to Kew High School.
Some children already ride to school via the Chandler Highway – a route that is both dangerous and indirect. Many more children would ride if it was safe. The link across the Yarra will provide access to the Kilby/ Willsmere Rd underpass and give them safe passage from Alphington and Ivanhoe to Kew High School. Riding to school promotes healthy living and self-reliance, and helps kids to feel they can do something positive to address Climate Change. It also reduces traffic congestion on our roads and most especially around schools.
For those living south of the Yarra the link will offer a safe cycle route to the north and in particular to La Trobe University.
The Boroondara Bushwalkers club supports walking as a way to fitness and an appreciation of our natural environment. The club has over 200 members. Although many walks are conducted in the bush, regular walks for older members commence in Kew and use shared paths. Completion of the link through Willsmere Chandler Park and across the Yarra River will open up a series of beautiful walks through urban parklands.
The trail will form a unique link and enable people to stroll between three significant parks, Darebin Parklands, Napier Waller Reserve and Willsmere Chandler Park. Connecting the Darebin and Yarra trails will increase awareness and appreciation of both the Darebin Creek and Kew Billabong environments. Conservation Biology research has shown that areas of conservation significance fare better where people are allowed in for appropriate uses in comparison to the situation where people are excluded.
The Darebin Yarra Link Community Coalition is actively lobbying for completion of the trail.