About the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park

Construction of the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park started in August 2017.  The Park is scheduled 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 November 2017 Project Update or email harcourtmtbp@delwp.vic.gov.au 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

October 2017 Project Update
September 2017 project update (PDF 1.06MB)
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)

Background

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)

Milestones

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

From 5 October to 6 November 2017, DELWP invited feedback from the community about two naming proposals related to the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park.  Naming Proposal Fact Sheet (.pdf)

Expressions of interest from people keen to volunteer on the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park Committee of Management closed on Monday 16 October 2017.  Thank you to everyone who submitted an expression of interest.  DELWP is currently assessing applications and will be in contact with everyone who nominated for the committee.

The Community Reference Group continues to play an important role.  

Community members are encouraged to register their interest by emailing harcourtMBP@delwp.vic.gov.au 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)

Visit the Harcourt Valley website

Contact: harcourtMBP@delwp.vic.gov.au