The guys at Warburton have been dealing with the governing bodies for a while now and have come to the point where they need community support.
They’re asking for some positive support for the submission to make Warburton, Vic a huge MTB destination including up to 97km of brand new trail. There is a whole bunch that we will need to learn from this process in our role of developing mountain biking opportunities in Plenty Gorge Park.
We encourage all of you to help support this cause by following this link: http://www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Lists/Current-Consultations/Warburton-Mountain-Bike-Feasibility-Study
From Cog Bike Cafe:
Warburton MTB Park World Trail Feasibility Study; calls for comment.
Hi everyone. As you may, or may not know, there is a proposal for a world class quality Mountain Bike Hub to be built in the Warburton area. This proposal has been in the works for several years, and just last week the Yarra Ranges Council unanimously passed the motion that it be put out for public comment.
This proposal needs YOUR comment.
Here’s the crux of it:
There will be XC, AM, DH and linking trails built, to suit all levels or riders and abilities.
This proposal has the support of the Yarra Ranges City Council, Parks Victoria, the Department of Primary Industries, Yarra Ranges Mountain Bikers, Warburton CEDA and Warburton Advancement League. The combined support of which has never been seen in Warburton!
Construction cost up to $4.2 million dollars.
Economic benefit for surrounding areas $23.63 million dollars per year.
Could attract up to 130,000 visitors a year.
Create 175 jobs.
and here’s the best bit
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.
Please follow this link and send your comments to the email at the bottom of it:http://www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Lists/Current-Consultations/Warburton-Mountain-Bike-Feasibility-Study
The whole feasibility study (325 pages) is also on the link page.
The number of comments and variety of comment locations we get, will show the council that mountain bikers love to travel, but also that if a world class hub was built just 90mins from Melbourne CBD, that people would support that.
Public comment is only open for 8 weeks (closes Thurs 10th July), so I urge everyone to share, copy, paste, email, mail, fax, like, letter drop, and tell as many people as you can, or this extremely exciting project might not get the backing it requires.
Your comment does not need to be long, it just needs to show YOUR support. We all love to ride new trails!