The Latrobe Health Assembly has launched My Tracks Latrobe, an online mapping site allowing residents and visitors to the Latrobe Valley to explore and share their own favourite walking tracks.
mytrackslatrobe.org.au is an interactive walking track locator designed to highlight the many amazing walking tracks within the area and also encourage the community to get active and address the region’s growing obesity crisis.
Latrobe Health Assembly Chairperson Professor John Catford said: “Our community is facing a growing problem with sedentary lifestyles, which can lead to physical and mental health problems such as obesity and lack of community connection. Getting out and experiencing nature with others is one way to improve your overall wellbeing.
“Here in the Valley we have a great range of scenic areas where people can take a walk, or go for a run or cycle. The new website shows local people the variety of options available in the Latrobe Valley”, added Professor Catford.
Ian Needham, the Health Assembly’s Executive Officer responsible for leading the project, commented: “One of the best things about the My Tracks Latrobe website is that local people can share their knowledge by adding photos, videos and information about their favourite tracks and walking paths. Exploring new walking tracks and trails can make a weekend activity much more exciting, especially when seeing new locations right on our doorstep,”.
mytrackslatrobe.org.au is created for the community by the community and has been designed to grow with users able to submit and share their own favourite walking trails with others. Currently the site includes some of the most popular walking tracks in Latrobe Valley, although in time it is anticipated that the site will grow as the community continues to contribute to the database of walking trails.