Redland City Council is calling for community input to help build an active and healthy Redlands Coast.
Mayor Karen Williams said the expression of interest (EOI) process for membership of the Redlands Coast Active Travel Group was designed to allow the new group to convene from mid-2021.
“Our aim is to identify organisations and individuals who can help us build a more connected, active and healthy Redlands Coast,” Cr Williams said.
“Active travel can help to encourage community-friendly public spaces, improve productivity, health and wellbeing.
“It can also contribute to reducing the burden of parking and transport infrastructure dominated by cars.
“We are looking to the new group members’ advocacy and passion to help drive and support active travel and transport infrastructure and innovation.
“We want our organisation and the Redlands Coast community to be an example of an environmentally sustainable and transport-resilient community.”
Chair of the new Active Travel Group, Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell, said the new reference group would focus on all active travel modes.
“The rising popularity of scooters is just one example of an active travel mode used in many urban areas for both recreation and journeys to work.
“The new reference group will help Council form strategic partnerships with community and transport groups and help to advocate for more active travel opportunities or projects of benefit to the Redlands Coast.
“This includes pedestrian access and safety within our villages and centres and all ages mobility issues encompassing personal mobility devices.”
Division 10 Councillor and Deputy Chair of the new group, Cr Paul Bishop, said Council’s decision to establish the reference group scope was a clear call to action for those in the community with a passion for more active travel.
“More diverse active travel planning will help to shape the future character of our unique Redlands Coast and the way we move between and within our urban villages, as we celebrate our city’s naturally wonderfully environment,” Cr Bishop said.
“For this process to be a success we need genuine input from those most directly affected – our community.”
To express your interest in being a member of the Active Travel Group, please go to Council’s Yoursay Redland Coast website. The EOI closes on 30 April 2021.