A BIKE trail along the Warrnambool railway line to Deakin University and extending the Twelve Apostles bike trail are among the local projects the Victorian Greens are campaigning for in the lead up to November’s state election.
Speaking during a visit to Warrnambool, the Greens upper house candidate for Western Victoria, Lloyd Davies, said he wanted to work with local government to help make a bike path to Deakin University a reality.
Mr Davies, a civil engineer from Geelong, said cycling was a great way for people to get to and from work and he was keen to provide the infrastructure to make it as safe and pleasurable as possible.
He said there had been big growth in the Greens’ vote and supporter base in western Victoria, giving the party a strong chance of winning one of the upper house seats for Western Victoria.
The upper house Western Victorian region, which stretches from Geelong to the South Australian border, is presently represented by two Liberal members, two Labor and one Nationals.
The Greens are also challenging Victorian Premier Denis Napthine for his local lower house seat of South West Coast.
The party is fielding Thomas Campbell, 22, who is studying education at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber, who accompanied Mr Davies on his visit to Warrnambool, said the party was also pleased to support the Great South Coast Group’s call for the extension of the Twelve Apostles bike trail from Timboon to Port Campbell and Princetown.
Mr Barber said bike trails had been successful in other areas of the state such as Victoria’s north-east and the Otways, particularly those that were linked to a railway stop.