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Campaigning along the Australian Convict Trail
Kim Peart ~ candidate in Lyons in the Tasmanian Election

During the 2016 Federal election in Australia, I proposed a walking trail along Australia's east coast, described in an article in the Tasmania Times. ~

http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/weblog/article/moreton-bay-to-port-arthur/

I call it the Australian Convict Trail, to run from Moreton Bay in Queensland to Port Arthur, for walking, cycling and people with mobility scooters.

If made, this trail would create a new form of tourism, where people could walk between towns along the trail, or cycle with bicycles that could be hired, used for a stretch of the trail, then left at a town to continue walking.

A coach system would allow people to ride from an airport and select any section of the trail to walk or cycle along. 

Accommodation would be booked ahead for a planned journey.

Visitors could explore local towns, and any souvenirs purchased, could be posted home.

A suitcase or pack could be dropped off at the accommodation down the track, so visitors would be able to travel light.

During the Tasmanian election I am campaigning in Lyons along the Tasmanian route of the proposed trail.

Lyons is a very large electorate, which extends from near the ferry terminal in Devonport, to Port Arthur.

At the same time I am surveying the way, and taking photos to include in this essay.

The operator of a tourist attraction in Latrobe told me he had heard of the trail proposal.

In 2016 the proposal was well received, but did not gain traction.

With this election campaign, I will be seeking traction to create the Australian Convict Trail.

Authorised by: Jennifer Bolton, 39A Bridge Street, Ross

The Tasmanian leg of the proposed Australian Convict Trail. From the main route, many branches can be made to historic towns across the island. ~
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The Moreton Bay Penal Colony was first located at Redcliffe, and was then moved to the location of Brisbane, where the city was later established. The store by the river, a windmill on the hill, and a remnant stone wall are all that remain of that harsh prison that lives in infamy in the Australian memory.

Between Newcastle and Sydney is the World Heritage listed convict built Great North Road, where anyone can now walk through the environment, through history, and reflect on the heritage that they step on.

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My election wheelbarrow began its polling trip in Devonport, with a view of the Bass Strait ferry, Spirit of Tasmania, where many thousands of visitors find there way onto the island. The Convict Trail would allow people to safely walk, or cycle, or ride a mobility scooter into Tasmania's history and environment. How many people would push a barrow? The sign on top folds out to reveal displays of topics for discussion, and also events in Ross, such as our mid-winter Midgard Fire Festival, where we burn a Viking dragon boat.

Why shouldn't anyone on a mobility scooter be able to travel along a safe and creative tourist trail from the Bass Strait ferry, through the heart of Tasmania, to Port Arthur?

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Looking south on the highway out of Devonport, there is space to cycle, but the highway is not a friendly place for walking and cycling, with the dust and noise, and the risk of being hit, should a car cross the line.

Over to the lest, and running for a few kilometres along the side of the highway, there is an avenue of trees, where a path could run for walking, cycling, and mobility scooters. Having a screen of trees between a highway and the Convict Trail would make the experience more pleasant, and safer.

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Where Lyons begins, at outside Latrobe, there is space by the roadside for a trail. Across the road is the cherry attraction, where many would linger.

South of Sassafras a little house can be found on a stump beside the road, with a metal cutout of a Tasmanian Tiger. Seen in a whizz from a car, the walker or cyclist would stop at such roadside attractions to take a photo and admire the work. With people walking and cycling along the trail, many property owners would create roadside attractions. There would be the potential of an art trail being created as well, running from Devonport to Port Arthur, along the Convict Trail.

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Going south again south of Sassafras.

The walker and cyclist would be tempted to taste the raspberries south of Elizabeth Town, and one day may have a pleasant way to continue along the Convict Trail.

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A political candidate is never lonely, when he can have lunch with his wheelbarrow. In this instance, at a cafe in Deloraine. One old chap asked me if I was a member of the Lions, seeing a lion for Lyons on my flier. I told him to tell his Lions Club, that there was a lion at large in Deloraine.

Deloraine is a delightful town, where mountain people are found, and many small sculptures are seen along the street. Small can be beautiful, and Deloraine has a big heart for the arts. Across the railway line and over the historic bridge, the road heads east toward Port Arthur.

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