Shared pathway agreement opens up Melbourne Water land for community use

​Melbourne Water and the City of Whitehorse have formally signed a shared pathway agreement that will see a pipe track turned into a community pathway.

The Shared Pathway Agreement allows councils to use Melbourne Water land, such as pipe tracks and alongside waterways, to construct shared pathways for community use.

The new pathway, built and managed by Whitehorse City Council, will stretch approximately 1.1 km from Highbury Road to Ballantyne Street in Burwood East.
The first of the three stages of the pathway is now complete and was formally opened today by Whitehorse Mayor Councillor Denise Massoud and representatives from Melbourne Water.
Melbourne Water Manager Property, Peter Morison, said that the shared pathway agreement delivered on Melbourne Water’s commitment to creating liveable communities.
“Melbourne is often identified as one of the world’s most liveable cities and this new pathway is a great example of how we can use operational land to also provide a space for the local community to enjoy.”
“We’re committed to listening to the community and our customers, who frequently tell us that using land in innovative ways is really important to them.
“In an increasingly urbanised city like Melbourne, shared pathways like this will become more and more important as places where community members can walk, ride and jog in otherwise densely populated suburban areas.
Whitehorse Mayor Councillor Denise Massoud said that the agreement was an excellent example of collaboration between Council and Melbourne Water to achieve great outcomes for the community.
“Creating this amazing community space with Melbourne Water has been an extremely positive experience and we’re very proud of the outcome.”
“It’s a great example of what can be achieved when organisations work together for the good of the community, and we would encourage other councils to think about getting involved.
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