Warburton may soon be one of Victoria’s premier mountain bike destinations, after Yarra Ranges Council last week released a draft feasibility for public comment.
The Council worked with Parks Victoria, the Department of Primary Industries, Yarra Ranges Mountain Bikers, Warburton Valley CEDA and Warburton Advancement League on a project to investigate developing Warburton as a destination for mountain bikers.
The group produced a report recommending developing a world class mountain bike network. Up to 97km of new trails would be created in four separate zones linked by the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail and O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail.
Construction costs could be between $2.9m and $4.2m with an expected economic benefit of $23.67m.
Councillor Jim Child said the mountain bike trail could attract 130,000 visitors a year and could provide a boost to the economic development of the region and up to 175 jobs.
While no funds have yet been committed to the project, Council is keen to see what the community thinks.
“We are always eager to support local business and tourism in the Yarra Ranges,” he said.
“In preparing the report we have consulted with a variety of people involved in tourism and mountain biking but we are keen to hear the broader community’s perspective.
“The draft report is available until 5pm Friday 10 July and we’d love to hear what you have to say about it.”
The report investigates the size of the mountain bike tourism market in Australia, looks at some other mountain biking destinations, explores the suitability of Warburton for mountain biking and defines what a mountain biking trail network might look like.
If you would prefer to provide general feedback, please complete our submission form to share your views on the study.
Complete an online submission.
For more information contact our Recreation Services team on 1300 368 333.