Trail Could Help Wagga Lose Fattest City Title

Wagga Wagga could shed its tagline as one of the fattest cities in NSW, with the development of a new, shared recreation path slated to connect the CBD with Ladysmith.

Chair of the community project, Lisa Glastonbury, believes the people of Wagga Wagga want to lose the dubious honour of being the fattest city in NSW.

“One-­‐third of our residents are classified obese and more than 80 per cent do not get enough physical activity to be healthy,” Ms Glastonbury said.

“Hundreds of Wagga residents have already lent their support to the Wagga Rail Trail proposal, signalling their intention of choosing a more active lifestyle.

“Creating a healthy, sustainable and connected community sits at the heart of the Wagga Rail Trail concept and the response from local people has been fantastic.”

Enabling people to use a safe, traffic-­‐free pathway to commute to work, to get to school, the shops or sporting facilities will encourage residents to integrate exercise into their everyday lives.

“The people of Wagga have told us they want to leave the car behind, and enjoy a walk, run or bike ride in the great outdoors with their families,” Ms Glastonbury said.

“The Wagga Rail Trail will also be good for business, as people who use the trail will want to eat, drink and explore nearby attractions, increasing business investment, tourism revenue, and creating new jobs in the city.

“The Wagga Rail Trail is about making Wagga Wagga a place that people choose to live; a place where people can a enjoy healthy, active lifestyle in a city that’s vibrant, connected and liveable.”

Funds are currently being raised for a development plan, that will finalise the trail design and fully cost the proposal, as well as formulate maintenance and management plans.

For more information on the Wagga Rail Trail, or to show your support by becoming a member, go to

Belinda King