Pedestrians and Cycling

The Doncaster Hill Pedestrian and Cycling Plan (February 2010) was developed following a review of the initial plan, prepared in 2003, and following extensive consultation with the community and other stakeholders.

The purpose of the Plan is to identify future works to be undertaken, ensure stronger links to public transport, and respond to health and social elements of pedestrian and cycling issues and opportunities, and to facilitate the delivery of these works and initiatives through the Actions Plan.

It will be used to guide decision-makers and other relevant key stakeholders, at the state, regional and local level regarding these works and initiatives, and will play an important role in being used as a basis for securing future funding.

Pedestrian and cycling links

Council has begun work on creating a network of improved pedestrian and cycling links around Doncaster Hill.

The first stage of this was completed in mid-2008 with a shared path constructed between Precinct 1 and Westfield. Widened walking and cycling paths now run behind Doncaster Primary School, and along Council and Goodson Streets. Part of this project was also the installation of signage with directions and walking times to major sites on the Hill.

Construction of the path was jointly funded by Council and the State Government through a $173,000 Local Area Access Program grant. The shared path also links to the Doncaster Hill Boulevard and Underpass on Doncaster Road, and will link to other pedestrian and cycling paths around the Hill.

Doncaster Hill Heritage Trail

The Doncaster Hill Heritage Trail was completed in July 2010 and offers residents and visitors the opportunity to step back in time and experience life from the early days when the first pioneers settled in Doncaster.

The trail consists of a series of two interpretive signs and four sound posts which identify six key areas of historical significance within Doncaster Hill. It tells the story of our community’s founders in the mid-1800s and how they settled the area. Locations include the Playhouse/Doncaster Primary School, Doncaster Church of Christ, the former Shire Offices, Doncaster Tower/first electric tram and White’s Corner/Westfield Doncaster.

The project built on Manningham Council’s Memorandum of Understanding with Box Hill Institute by providing valuable ‘real life’ experience for 30 students. Students were involved with the preparation of the accompanying trail brochure and audio component of the sound posts.

Funding of $37,727 for this project was contributed by the Federal Government through the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, with Westfield Corporation also contributing to the cost of the development and installation of a sign located on Westfield’s site on the corner of Williamsons and Doncaster Roads.