Work is set to begin on a major upgrade and expansion of Forrest’s mountain bike trail network, that will see it become a world-class destination for mountain biking.
Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) and the Colac Otway Shire Council are delivering the Forrest Mountain Bike Revitalisation Project, which will create up to 38 kilometres of new trails and take the network’s footprint to over 100 kilometres.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced an upgrade of one of the network’s signature trails, the Red Carpet Trail, will begin this week with construction to continue throughout 2021 and 2022.
Across winter the Red Carpet Trail will be resurfaced and weather-proofed, allowing for year-round riding. New jumps, ridges and rollers will be added to create a more engaging experience for riders. The trail will be closed in sections as the work progresses.
Planning studies and regulatory approvals for upgrades and extensions of other trails are continuing, ahead of further construction work to begin later this year.
The project is creating valuable jobs for the local region, with tradespeople, landscapers, designers and technical specialists to be employed as the project progresses.
The project is supported by $2.07 million from the Victorian Government and a $250,000 contribution from Colac Otway Shire Council.
FFMVic and Colac Otway Shire Council will conduct community engagement in the coming months to help finalise the redesign of the Forrest Trail Head Precinct.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney:
“These new and revitalised trails will make Forrest a must-visit mountain biking destination, driving a significant increase in tourism for Forrest and the broader region.”
“The Red Carpet is one of the most adventurous and dynamic mountain bike trails in the network.”
“The new trails will cater for a range of rider experiences, while keeping the unique character and riding experience for which Forrest is renowned.”