The latest COVID19 restrictions in Australia have been extended as of 30 March, to certain outdoor activities such as now closing the likes of outdoor gyms and boot camps. Public gatherings are now restricted to only 2 people (exemption for family groups/ same residence). Link to Dept. of Health.
The community is being asked to stay at home where possible, except for essential activities e.g. obtaining food, working commitments etc. Yet for the health and wellbeing of individuals, daily exercise is being encouraged while social distancing must be observed. Many will be asking themselves where can they exercise locally, while maintaining at least the 1.5m separation required?
Increasing numbers of family members and individuals are choosing to cycle, walk or run in their local neighbourhood, large public recreation areas and trails. Justin and Brianna Maddern decided their local O’Keefe Rail Trail was a safe place for their family to exercise over the weekend.
Maddern Family exercising, O’Keefe trail. Photo G.Long 28 Mar 2020
Crossing the trail’s Axe Creek bridge, Justin was running at a pace, daughter Lilah peddling hard to keep up with dad, and mum Brianna cycling with daughter Sylvie tucked into the bike’s child seat enjoying the family’s activity.
Cycling on the O’Keefe Rail Trail. 28 March 2020. Photo G.Long
Cycling couples and individuals were many on the O’Keefe trail over the past weekend, while observed social distancing with others also using the trail. Take-away coffee facilities for trail users at Junortoun (McIvor Hwy crossing), Axedale and Heathcote added to the experience, perhaps as a well earned rest stop for some!
Of course the Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail encourage first time and regular users of O’Keefe Rail Trail to provide feedback of their experience. This feedback can be easily be provided using the on-line O’Keefe Rail Trail User Feedback form, with only about 10 minutes of time usually required.