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Thursday, 3 August 2017

CONSTRUCTION OF MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK AT HARCOURT STARTS

Construction of a world class mountain bike park at Harcourt has begun.

The Victorian Government has committed $1.99 million to build 34 kilometres of trails with track grades that will cater to all levels of users. 

The trails will be well signposted and accessible by new connections to Harcourt, and the park will also provide a meeting point and toilets.  Construction will be completed by early 2018.

There is an established mountain bike culture in the region and Mount Alexander is informally known as a place for riders to visit, but is in need of major upgrades to bring it up to a standard to meet the growing interest.

The investment is expected to generate 25,000 visitors in 2018 and 100,000 a year within just five years.  These visitor numbers are expected to create new jobs and open up a new tourism stream for the region.

Annual visitor spending is estimated to reach $2.4 million in 2018 and up to $9.8 million after five years.  The project is also projected to spark private sector investment in bike related services and the hospitality sector.

As visitation to the area increases along with demand for accommodation, new businesses will be established in the area to service the growing market. 

The Victorian Government is supporting the project through its $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which is making regional Victoria an even better place to live, work and visit.

Quotes attributable to Maree Edwards MP, Member for Bendigo West

“The start of construction of this world class mountain bike park is an exciting time for Harcourt and the Mount Alexander Region as it signals the beginning of a great opportunity to grow tourism in the area as well as being a terrific facility for locals to enjoy.”

“I’m proud to be part of this project that will put Mount Alexander on the map as a mountain bike destination of choice.”

Quotes attributable to Jacinta Allan MP, Member for Bendigo East

 “The new 34 kilometre trail network will be a world class attraction that builds on the popularity of the Goldfields Track and gives people yet another reason to explore our magnificent region.”

 

 

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