Proposed Naming

DELWP is inviting feedback from the community about two naming proposals related to the Harcourt Mountain Bike Project:

1. Name the former Mt Alexander plantation La Larr Ba Gauwa Park. This name means “stones and mountain” in the Dja Dja Wurrung language and reflects the significant cultural heritage of the site.  The name was suggested by Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation in consultation with the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park Community Reference Group.

The area proposed to be named La Larr Ba Gauwa Park is outlined in black on the map below. It is Crown land and a former pine plantation on which mountain bike trails are currently being constructed.  This proposal does not affect or change the name of Mount Alexander Regional Park or The Oaks Picnic Area.

2. Extend the name Picnic Gully Road to apply to the currently unnamed road that starts at the Park entrance and continues into the Park.  Naming this road is essential for public safety as it will help emergency services easily identify the location. The road does not officially have a name, though it has been known informally as Oaks Road.  According to the Office of Geographic Names, the road cannot officially be named Oaks Road due to duplication issues within a 30 kilometre radius.

The map below shows the current Picnic Gully Road outlined in blue and the unnamed road in the Park outlined in red.  It is proposed that the road marked in red also be named “Picnic Gully Road”.  

map of proposed naming of La Larr Ba Gauwa Park in Harcourt Members of the public can provide feedback on both of these proposals by:

Writing to Lynda Grant, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, PO Box 3100, Bendigo Delivery Centre, VIC 3554 OR emailing

All submissions must be received by Monday 6 November 2017 and include your name, address and contact details plus any comments, objections or support of the name(s).

More information is available about naming rules for places in Victoria

Seeking Expressions of Interest for Committee of Management

Would you like to help manage the new Harcourt Mountain Bike Park?  We are now taking Expressions of Interest from people keen to volunteer on the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park Committee of Management.

Committee members will be responsible for caring for, protecting, promoting and managing the park as well as maximising community involvement and use of the mountain bike trails.  We are seeking people with a range of skills and interests including environmental management, business management, technical expertise in mountain bike use, event management, legal affairs, cultural heritage, marketing and more.

Expressions of interest must be on a nomination form and returned to DELWP by Monday 16 October 2017.

Expression of interest/nomination form (Word version)

Expression of interest/nomination form (PDF version)

About the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park

Construction of the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park started in August 2017. The Park is schedule to open in early 2018.  It is situated on a former pine plantation adjacent to Mount Alexander Regional Park and will offer mountain bikers 34 kilometres of trails catering to different skill levels with magnificent views alongside a natural forest setting.

The aim is to provide a mountain bike park to International Mountain Bicycling Association standards, to provide recreation and tourism benefits and bring social and economic benefits to Harcourt and the region.

The Victorian Government has committed $1.99 million to the project through the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.  The project is consistent with future development plans for the Harcourt area while improving the site's environmental value.

Keep up-to-date by reading the September Community Update or email to have updates emailed to you each month.  Regular updates throughout construction will be posted on DELWP Loddon Mallee’s Facebook Page.

Previous Community Updates

August 2017 project update (PDF, 3.8 MB)
July 2017 project update (PDF, 2.9 MB)
June 2017 project update (PDF, 293.5 KB)
May 2017 project update (PDF, 325.7 KB)
April 2017 project update (PDF, 168.3 KB)
March 2017 project update (PDF, 336.7 KB)
February 2017 project update (PDF, 124.5 KB)
December 2016 project update (PDF, 51.0 KB)
November 2016 project update (PDF, 31.3 KB)


Goldfields Tourism Incorporated undertook an initial investigation into the development of the park and established a Community Reference Group including Mount Alexander Sustainability Group, Harcourt Landcare Group and Harcourt Progress Association.

Mandatory environmental, cultural and heritage assessments were carried out prior to the beginning of construction.

Historic Heritage Significance (DOCX, 7.1 MB)
Botanical Investigation for Threatened Species (PDF, 9.1 MB)
Preliminary Indigenous Cultural Heritage Assessment (PDF, 22.5 MB)
Bushfire Management Statement (PDF, 26.2 MB)
Land Capability Assessment (PDF, 34.4 MB)


A Cultural Heritage Management Plan was developed and is being implemented. Targeted threatened species surveys were also completed.

Tender for design and construction of the mountain bike park was awarded to Dirt Art. Extensive community consultation contributed to the final design of the pathways and trails (PDF, 6.1 MB).

A planning permit was granted by Mount Alexander Shire Council on Tuesday 18 July 2017.

Construction started in early August 2017. Mountain bike riders can look forward to riding the trails in early 2018.

Community consultation

The Community Reference Group continues to play an important role.  

Community members are encouraged to register their interest by emailing to receive project updates and become involved in future consultation and engagement opportunities.

Public Meeting 5 Sept 2016: Question and answers (PDF, 106.7 KB)

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