Barwon Heads Accessibility Mapping

Greater Geelong City Council

Spatial analysis of walkable catchments (following the street and path network) from primary schools and libraries

Map describing the future suggested strategic links

Map showing the existing walking infrastructure

Spatial analysis displaying the elevation of the study area


GIS analysis, mapping


Harvest, working in conjunction with Equity Access Justice, has completed a small project that investigated the spatial qualities of walking accessibility in the coastal town of Barwon Heads. The aim of the project was to identify strategic improvements to the walking network that would enhance the walkability of the town.

The process involved mapping the existing walking context including documenting key destinations and the coverage of the footpath network. Walkable catchments were calculated along the footpath network using GIS to determine how far people were likely to walk to key destinations.

Combined with other qualitative research, recommendations were made on the key strategic improvements to the network that could be put in place to give Council the biggest “bang for their buck” in terms of investment.