A world class mountain bike park will be built in Harcourt aimed at boosting local tourism and the health and wellbeing of locals and visitors to the region.
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.
Within in five years of completion the project is estimated to inject $9.8 million into the local economy, attracting thousands of visitors each year and creating 58 jobs.
Situated on a former pine plantation next to prominent landmark Mount Alexander Regional Park, the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park will offer visitors up to 34 kilometres of dedicated trails and magnificent views alongside a natural forest setting.
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.
Feasibility and assessment
Goldfields Tourism Incorporated has undertaken 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 has been developed and targeted threatened species surveys have also been completed.
Tender for design and construction of the mountain bike park has been awarded to Dirt Art. Extensive community consultation has taken place to arrive at a 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 is expected to begin in the coming months and be completed in early 2018.
The Community Reference Group will continue play an important role as the project moves through each stage.
Community members are encouraged to register their interest 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)
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)
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