Community Walking Correspondents
During Queensland Walks Month in August 2022, we are calling for you to become one of our Community Walking Correspondents.
We want to hear where you walk, why you walk, and what could be improved in the places where you walk, roll and stroll!
Our theme: Celebrate Walking: Every Body, Every Place will aim to walk, roll and stroll with our community correspondents through August.
Meet some of our community walkers below.
Olive’s story here
LOCATION OF WALKER
Angela’s work in the recreation sector started in 1980 and has continued to this very day. In 1988 she found her natural habitat in local government. She has been advocating, planning and helping provide for outdoor recreation places, spaces, programs and services for her whole career.
A short stint in Sport and Recreation Services projected Angela into the outdoor recreation policy area where she began working earnestly advancing outdoor recreation policy and strategy at the local and state government level. Angela finished her local government career in 2017 after working for 17 years for Redland City Council in the Environment Management Group and the City Spaces Group (parks, recreation, conservation, open space and sport planning and operations).
During a short retirement Angela continued to run the Nature Play Consultancy Service that she helped set up in 2014/15, as a volunteer. Angela commenced in the position of Program Manager for Nature Play QLD in December 2019, in a world just before Covid19. Angela is a keen walker, passionate about provisions for walking, and joined the Queensland Walks Board in Nov 2020
West End & Currimundi Lakes
“Walking for local trips, whether around my suburb or other cities when travelling is a vital part of my day. With the dog in tow, a child or a friend, conversation is easy and pleasurable. And your eyes are open to your world at a pace that you can see things more clearly than any other mode of transport. I really rate all the places I go by the walking experience. Queensland is good but can do better!”
Dr. Craig Barrett
Treasurer, Queensland Walks
Safe Streets Fraser Coast
Craig is a passionate advocate for safe streets. Based in Hervey Bay, Craig established a local community group, Safe Streets Fraser Coast, to advocate for people walking and cycling, especially children, and to promote sustainable urban design in the region.
Living in a regional community comes with various challenges and Craig seeks to understand and voice regional issues affecting safe streets in a State-wide context. Professionally, Craig is an historian with more than a decade of experience in the field of cultural heritage. This work has allowed him to develop a deeper historical understanding of urban planning and transport systems, and the centrality of walking as the essential and enduring form of mobility. Craig is currently working on a research project examining the history of urban trees and gardens, city design, and municipal identity in Maryborough, one of Queensland’s earliest and most prominent regional cities. Craig dreams that one day our cities and neighbourhoods will be transformed by beautiful gardens and tree-lined streets, community is prioritised over efficiency, and walking is the default way we move.