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Botanical Gardens
 Physical Activity Strategy
 Calendar of Events
 Skate Park Facilities in the Shire
 Barwon South West Regional Trails Master Plan
 Forrest Mountain Bike Trail
 Link to Sport and Recreation Clubs
 Leisure Networks
 EUpdate - Play by the Rules Kick off for 2010
 2014/15 Community Funding Program
 Old Beechy Rail Trail
 Colac Otway Shire Public Open Space Strategy
 G21 Regional Soccer Strategy
 Colac Otway Shire Tennis Facility Audit & Development Plan
 Apollo Bay Trails Feasibility Study
 Active Transport Strategy
Tiger Trail Feasability Study and Newsletter
In recent years, local communities have identified a desire to develop a rail trail from Birregurra to Forrest via Deans Marsh and Barwon Downs, predominantly following a former rail corridor. Known as the Tiger Rail Trail the proposal seeks to establish a multi-use trail linking the four towns.

The name of the Tiger Rail Trail pays tribute to a Dodge motor vehicle converted for rail passenger use on the Birregurra – Forrest line from 1937 through to 1952, which was painted in yellow and black stripes and affectionately known as ‘The Tiger’.

The proposed route of the Tiger Rail Trail follows the former branch line which carried timber from the Otway forest to the main rail link. Beginning at the Birregurra Railway Station, the proposed route proceeds in a south-easterly direction to Deans Marsh, then heads south-west towards Barwon Downs before terminating in Forrest. It crosses scenic country with a range of established tourist destinations nearby – wineries, berry farms, picturesque towns, trestle bridges, Lake Elizabeth and waterfalls. In addition, the Forrest township is highly regarded for its extensive network of Mountain Bike trails and attracts large numbers of visitors annually to experience these facilities.

In 2008, the first 7km of the Tiger Rail Trail was constructed linking the Forrest township with the Yaugher Mountain Bike Trail network.

Council in partnership with the community has determined a need to investigate the feasibility of further developing the Tiger Rail Trail. Transplan Pty Ltd have been engaged by Council to prepare the Tiger Rail Trail Feasibility Study. The project commenced late April 2014 and it is expected to be completed by December 2014.

A thorough community engagement process will be undertaken including a series of ‘Open House’ sessions in Birregurra, Deans Marsh, Barwon Downs and Forrest in June.

For more information please contact Ian Seuren, Manager Recreation, Arts and Culture on 5232 9400.

 
  Birregurra Tiger Trail Newsletter No 1
  Birregurra Tiger Trail Newsletter No 2
  Birregurra Tiger Trail Newsletter No. 3

Over 100 sporting organisations
Sport and recreation activities and groups thrive across our beautiful Colac Otway region. There are over 100 sporting clubs and many organisations associated with recreational and sporting pursuits. Colac Otway also possesses a number of council and community facilities which include Bluewater Fitness, a world-class sporting facility which boasts a six-lane, 25-metre indoor swimming pool and a fully-equipped gymnasium. Recreation reserves can be found in all our towns along with community halls across the Shire all of which are available for community use. Council funding is available on an annual basis to assist our community to develop recreational activities . With a policy of "Access for All" the Council ensures that people of all abilities have access to facilities and recreational interests.
 
Sailing? Walking? Bike riding?
Sailing, rowing, and cycling are just some of the recreational pursuits available. There are also many stunning walks across the shire with the Old Beechy Rail Trail - a converted narrow gauge railway line open to walkers and cyclists. For skating, rollerblading and BMX bike riding enthusiasts the Shire boasts three skate parks located in Colac, Forrest and Apollo Bay. Club Development Club development is a key priority for Council's Recreation Unit. Clubs are supported with various resources including Club Network, a network of sport, recreation and community groups in the Shire. For more information contact the Recreation Unit on 52329476 or click here.
 
Mountain Bike Riding
 
Draft Colac Otway Shire Physical Activity Strategy
At its February 2014 meeting, Council endorsed the commencement of public exhibition of the draft Colac Otway Shire Physical Activity Strategy in accordance with Council’s Community Engagement Policy 2010.

The aim of the draft Strategy is to establish an evidence base to guide policy and decision making at a regional and municipal level. This will help to create an environment that supports physical activity and will generate recommendations that are linked into the Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan. The strategy particularly focuses on identifying physical activity interventions such as facility development, policies, programs and services that are cost effective and most likely to succeed in increasing people’s ongoing participation in physical activity using available resources and through the development of strategic partnerships.

The draft Strategy provides an overview of the importance of physical activity and the ways in which Council can help to create environments that support physical activity in the community, based on specific interventions supported by national and/or international evidence. The study also includes a Background Report and Evidence Review which detail the research and consultation outputs.

Council now seeks feedback from the community on the draft Physical Activity Strategy. Written submissions can be forwarded to Council’s email address – inq@colacotway.vic.gov.au – or postal address PO Box 283 Colac 3250. The closing date for submissions is Friday 11 April 2014.

Further information on the draft Strategy can be obtained by contacting Ian Seuren – Manager Recreation, Arts and Culture or (03) 5232 9476 or ian.seuren@colacotway.vic.gov.au.


 
   

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