Creekside pathways proposed

Colac Otway Shire Council’s draft Colac 2050 Growth Plan includes a proposal for paths along Deans and Barongarook creeks, providing access between the city and Lake Colac. Pictured are Colac Otway Shire mayor Joe McCracken and development and community services general manager Gareth Smith.

Two pathways linking Colac’s lake and creeks are among initiatives in Colac Otway Shire Council’s draft Colac 2050 Growth Plan coming out next month.

Development and community services general manager Gareth Smith says the walking and cycling paths would increase the city’s open space and connect Lake Colac to Colac’s community services precinct via Deans and Barongarook creeks.

The two pathways would form a Botanic Link Pathway, essentially creating a loop around Colac if walkers and cyclists also used existing footpaths between the two creeks.

The pathway was first conceived in 2014 as part of the Colac Integrated Water Management Plan, but the Colac 2050 Growth Plan develops the idea further.

“Large sections of the proposed pathway would utilise existing pathways,” Mr Smith said.

An existing pathway running parallel with Barongarook Creek that connects Lake Colac to land south of Colac Visitor Information Centre would extend to Eastern

Draft council plans show the new pathway would then split, following the Barongarook Creek east in the direction of Colac’s Colanda Centre and south in the direction of the Old Beechy Rail Trail.

A new pathway would also stretch along Deans Creek from Lake Colac, west of the Colac Rifle Club, splitting into two at Deans Creek Road, and travelling as far south as Pound Road.

“The completion of the full pathway concept is a long-term initiative; many sections are on private land and would require other development to proceed in order for the pathway to be installed,” Mr Smith said.

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One Response to “Creekside pathways proposed”

  1. Juggy

    While I love the idea, the cost V’s benefits of the Deans Creek path bothers me.
    They would have to raise the height of the path as it’s rather flood prone and there would need to be a bridge built at the Highway. Whether the State Government/VicRoad would foot the full or any cost of such as part of future Highway upgrages is very debatable.

    But in the meantime, maybe Colac Otway Shire can organise some footpath from Cants Rd to South West PS and get a pedestrian crossing installed on the railway sooner rather than later.