Around the regional city of Ballarat, there are several state and regional forests, bush trails and tracks that attract both visitors and locals to mountain bike, motorbike ride, hike and run through.
Woowokarung Regional Park is one of these.
Located in Wadawurrung Country, Woowokarung - meaning 'the place of plenty' - is usually known as a park "by the people, for the people." Over the past week though, it has garnered headlines not for its intrinsic sense of welcome, its natural beauty, the wildlife and flora that it's home to, but instead for being the centre of a missing persons inquiry.
Ballarat East woman, Samantha Murphy, left her home at 7am on Sunday, February 4, for her morning run on the aforementioned trails - and hasn't been seen since.
Watch: The latest updates on Samantha Murphy's disappearance. Post continues after video.
As a fellow Ballarat woman, one lives within the search area and also runs along the nearby bush trails, there is a palpable sense of unease.
While I can't begin to imagine what Sam's family, especially her three children, are going through, it would also be disingenuous to ignore the fear and uncertainty being experienced by many locals, especially women, who live and exercise in these areas.