Stop the Olinda-Monbulk Rd Concrete Footpath

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Yarra Ranges Shire Council are building a concrete footpath alongside Olinda-Monbulk Rd in Olinda, which so far extends approximately 500m from the corner of Woolrich Rd at Cloudehill Nursery to Chalet Rd near Olinda Pool. This is a lovely forest roadside walk I have been doing for many years and I feel the footpath is totally unnecessary and environmental vandalism, an ugly, grey, concrete footpath that does not respect the environment or its surrounds at all and destroys the very charming, tranquil ambience. I appreciate the Council would say the footpath is to improve amenity in the area and are presumably trying to encourage more residents but people have been getting by just fine without it for decades. The small stone and dirt path was completely adequate and in keeping with the character of the area. I believe Yarra Ranges Shire Council have good intentions in building the footpath but in my view it's a misstep and suburbanises a rural area, which is a tragedy. The footpath appears to be mid-construction to travel another 750m to the upper township and I urge Yarra Ranges Shire Council to stop construction of this unnecessary eyesore immediately. 



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