Mildura Weekly : Friday May 29 2015 Vol 9 No 29
12 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015 HEALTHY Together Mildura, Vic- toria Walks and the Chaffey Trail Reference Group have joined forces this week to publish a spe- cial brochure detailing a series of short historical walks around Mildura. The initiative is part of a push to encourage Mildura residents and visitors alike to get more ac- tive, and was launched as part of this week’s official Mildura Day celebrations. The historic walking map traces the story of how Mildura became an irrigated settlement, and includes six paths – Historic Deakin Avenue, Exploring East Mildura, Mildura’s Riverfront History, Rio Vista and Surrounds, The Living Heart of Mildura and Mildura Homestead Cemetery. Each walk features points of interest, historical photos and a short history, with people also able to access the map via a smart phone – providing a virtual tour guide. Each trail is expected to take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour to complete, with Healthy Together Mildura Ac- tive Communities Officer, Lou- ise Tarrant, saying that adding historical points of interest to the map was a great way to en- courage people to go for a walk in areas they might not frequent otherwise. “There are some lovely local walks mapped on the Victoria Walks website,” she said. “The history is really fascinating, and we hope it will encourage people to explore more of our district on foot.” Mildura Rural City Commu- nity Wellbeing and Services Port- folio Councillor, Sharyon Peart, said the historic walking maps were a great example of commu- nity collaboration. “It is wonderful to see such diverse groups come together to create something wonderful,” she said. “As a community we all need to get out and move more, and being able to learn more about our history adds an extra element of fun. “The project also ties in nicely with the Mildura Tracks and Trails Strategy, which aims to improve community health and wellbeing through greater opportunities to use active trans- port.” Studies show regular walking can help prevent heart disease, obesity, cancer, Type 2 diabe- tes, dementia and Alzheimer’s, with 61 percent of adults and 25 percent of children across the country considered overweight or obese. The historic trails and tracks are available online at www. walkingmaps.com.au or www. healthytogethermildura.com. au, with a printed brochure also available from the Mildura Visi- tor Information Centre, Mildura Rural City Council and various local cafes. Taking a walk back in time THE call is going out for Sunraysia- based “adventurers” to join the 2016 Murray Charity Meander, which will see participants tackle a 830km stretch of the Murray River in a tin- nie! Meander participants will travel from Echuca-Moama to Mildura as part of the 2016 event, with 30 tin- nies and more than 140 participants expected to take part. Getting underway on Saturday, February 27, adventurers will form part of the 11th annual Murray Me- ander, which raises funds for breast and prostate cancer support services. They are scheduled to arrive in Mildura on March 5, with the event organised by the Horizon Commit- tee in Echuca. “Now is an ideal time for anyone thinking of participating to finalise their team structure, submit their en- try and start fund-raising,” event co- ordinator Dick Phillips said. “The Meander is a fun event with eight days of adventure on the Mur- ray River, and it’s all about making a difference to cancer support services for people in your community.” Meander participants have so far travelled the length of the Murray three times since the event’s incep- tion, with the flotilla to this year stop in Torrumbarry, Murrabit, Swan Hill, Tooleybuc, Boundary Bend, Robin- vale and Mount Dispersion before arriving in Mildura. Boats will vary from smaller 3.5 metre crafts with 15 horsepower mo- tors to 5.5 metre ex-army punts with 60 horsepower motors. Even a party barge is expected to take part in 2016! The event has so far raised more than $1.2million, and continues to dedicate funds to assist cancer pa- tients and support services. Otis Foundation provides free retreat accommodation for women and men with breast cancer, and has 17 facilities across south eastern Aus- tralia, including Bendigo, Thredbo, Goolwa, Chewton and Towong. Prostate Cancer Foundation Aus- tralia has also been funded to pro- vide oncology nursing scholarships nationally, with a strong focus placed on townships along the Murray. Previous recipients include nurs- es originating from Kerang, Echuca, Swan Hill, Mildura, Balranald and Bendigo. Entry forms and event infor- mation is available by contacting Dick on 0458 802 211 or via email; email@example.com. More in- formation about the event is avail- able by visiting www.murraymean- der.com.au. ‘Adventurers’ wanted for Murray Meander • Healthy Together Mildura staff members Megan Kelly (health promotion officer) and Louise Tarrant (active communities officer) with the new ‘historical walks’ brochure. INVITATION All dried fruit growers and anyone interested in the future of the dried grape industry are invited to a Review of Season 2015 Forum Wednesday 3rd June 2015 3–5.15pm Quality Hotel Mildura Grand, Seventh Street, Mildura (Don’s & Maria’s Room) An information forum to help growers improve the consistency and quality of their dried grape crops • Participate in this highly interactive session • Research updates including progress report of field trials undertaken during the 2014 & 2015 harvest seasons. • Grower & processor speakers will tell their approach to the 2015 season and obstacles encountered • Learn about the practices and technologies being used by others & hear about what worked and what didn’t • Progress reports on the new varieties Sunglo and Bruce’s Sport. Refreshments and finger food from 5.15 - 6pm To assist us with catering, please register by phoning Dolores at DFA on (03) 5023 5174 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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