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Friday, 15 December 2017

CONSTRUCTION ON TRACK FOR HARCOURT MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK

More than two thirds of the 34-kilometre trail network at Harcourt’s new mountain bike park has been constructed as the project moves towards its scheduled completion early next year.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, today inspected progress on the works currently being delivered by the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning with funding from the Regional Tourism and Infrastructure Fund.

In June this year, the Victorian Government announced a $1.99 million investment to develop a trail network around Harcourt and Mount Alexander that will generate a new tourism income stream for the region.

The project will create 57 jobs within five years and lead to an increase in the number of visitors to the precinct from a zero base to 25,000 visitors per year in 2018 and 100,000 per year within five years.

There is an established mountain bike culture in the region and Mt Alexander is informally known as a place for riders to visit but it does not have proper standard trails to meet the growing interest.

The 34-kilometre trail network will include single and multi-purpose, directional and bi-directional trails, with track grades to cater for 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. 

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

The visitor economy is crucial to the future economic development of regional and rural Victoria with the sector contributing $11.5 billion to the regional economy and generating 114,400 jobs annually.

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 Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“Mountain bike riders will have a new word-class trail network to explore around Harcourt and Mount Alexander thanks to the Victorian Government’s $1.99 million investment.”

“The Harcourt Mountain Bike Park project will create 57 jobs and generate $9.8 million in visitor spending within five years.” 

“The new 34-kilometre trail network is on track for completion in early 2018 and will build on the popularity of the Goldfields Track.”

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