Follow Kim Peart campaigning from Devonport to Port Arthur, along his proposed Tasmanian leg of the Australian Convict Trail ~
Today Kim will be pushing his barrow around the streets of Longford, offering anyone interested a free postcard from the electoral trail.
The sign on the barrow opens to reveal displays, which is a great way to begin a discussion on the street.
If the Tasmanian leg of the Convict Trail can be created, we can but now imagine how much work would be created, from building the trail, to hiring bikes, to a coach service to commute along sections, to roadside enterprises that would spring up, and attractions that would be created.
The trail could become the venue for an art gallery running the length of Tasmania, where the work of Tasmanian artists could be found for sale.
If we build the trail, will visitors use it?
Cycling is becoming exceptionally popular with a new mountain bike trail opening near Maydena.
Not everyone can ride a mountain bike, so a gentler trail through the environment and history of Tasmania, should hold great appeal for visitors to the island.
For many people, the trail could be a pilgrimage through the heartlands and history of Tasmania.
And if that much can be imagined, how much more would happen, and be created?
The trail would also create footpaths between towns, such as between Campbell Town and Ross, so residents could walk, run, cycle, walk the baby, and the dog, or drive their mobility scooter.
Why should the roads and highways of Tasmania be dominated by the rule of the car, and the roar of the truck?
Roads and highways should be places for people too.
(What does a visual artist do when he runs in an election? He finds a barrow to push.)
Authorised by: Jennifer Bolton, 39A Bridge Street, Ross