Here’s a Christmas message from all of us at Queensland Walks
We’d like to say a hearty ‘Thank you’ to everyone who has helped with our work advocating for a walkable Queensland and supporting healthy, active Queenslanders who are able to walk more every day. Have we achieved a more walkable Queensland in 2020? We think so, but there is plenty of work to do!
We’ve been fortunate to have funding through the Queensland Walking Strategy which has allowed us to do much of our project work, and some of our advocacy supporting walk-friendly infrastructure and programs in Queensland. Through our funding, in 2020 we have:
- launched the Queensland Walking Alliance, with 70 stakeholders invited and 30+ active members
- launched our Walk Hub (phase 1) resources online
- run a successful Queensland Walks Week in 2020
- attended various active transport meetings including the Brisbane City Council Active Transport Advisory Committee (ATAC) and Toowoomba Regional Council’s Regional Active and Public Transport Advisory Committee (RAPTAC)
- advocated on behalf of Queenslanders for:
- improved footpath maintenance
- connected footpaths
- separated shared paths in busy precincts
- safer crossings, including raise priority crossings on roundabouts and slip lanes
- speed reduction
- school zones
- green bridges and safe connections
- a focus on suburbs and towns, not just city precincts
- connecting with over 35 Queensland Councils
- advocated on behalf of members and friends in the local government election and in the State Government election
- co-advocating alongside organisations such as 10,000 Steps, Heart Foundation and the Heart Foundation Walking program, Outdoors Queensland, Nature Play QLD, Bushwalking Queensland, PedBikeTrans, Diabetes Queensland, Cancer Council Queensland, Vision Australia, Inclusion Moves, Nature Freedom, 7 Senses, Cool and Covered, Personality and Place, Shady Lanes, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Queensland, Planning Institute of Australia Queensland, Exercise & Sport Science Australia, Bicycle Queensland and Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) from all regions. We’d especially like to thank Victoria Walks, Walking SA, Walks Sydney, Living Streets Canberra for the support, and the brains trust! We know that there are many other organisations we haven’t yet reached, and you’re probably on our ‘wish-list’ for 2021.
Thank you to all those hard working organisations and talented individuals who have supported our work.
We wish you a wonderful Christmas, New Year and a safe, active and healthy holiday (with plenty of walking), and we can’t wait to work (and walk) with you again in 2021.
xo Queensland Walks.