The Victorian Government is investing $1.57 million to expand and improve the mountain bike track network in Forrest.
Upgraded facilities and new tracks will further boost Forrest’s already strong reputation as a world-class destination for mountain biking, attracting an estimated 25,000 visitors each year.
The Forrest Mountain Bike Revitalisation Project will see the creation of up to 38 kilometres of new trails in the area, taking the network’s footprint past 100 kilometres.
Designed around the village of Forrest, the trails showcase the natural beauty of the Otway Ranges, passing through tall eucalypt forests, dry heathy scrub and dense fern gullies.
Plans for the new trails will target a broad range of rider experiences, while retaining elements of the unique character and riding experience for which Forrest is renowned.
Upgrades at the Forrest Trail Head will see the site become a vibrant gateway to the trail network, attract more visitors to the area and support local business by encouraging extended stays.
New features will include an updated trailhead entry, skills, jumps and pump track. Proposed improvements at the Trail Head also include a toilet block, picnic area, barbecues and a bike wash station, with final designs to be finalised through community consultation.
Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) will be conducting community consultation around the proposed designs over the coming months, seeking feedback from residents and businesses, visitors, mountain bike clubs and associations and the broader community.
This new funding builds on $500,000 announced by the Victoria Government earlier this year, and $250,000 from the Colac Otway Shire and is part of the Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package that is creating jobs and providing support to communities across the State.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“This expansion of the trails will create a new range of experiences for riders, while retaining the unique character and riding experience for which Forrest is renowned.”
“We’ll see the Forrest Trail Head transformed as it becomes a welcoming visitor precinct for both visitors and the community to enjoy.”
“This project will ensure that Forrest continues to be a must-visit mountain bike destination, attracting thousands more riders every year and generating significant returns for Forrest’s tourism economy.”