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Mountain bike trail works underway in Hepburn


Cyclists of all ages and abilities will soon hit new mountain bike trails in Creswick, thanks to work underway on a new project backed by the Victorian Government and designed to encourage more visitors to the region.

Work is underway in Creswick on the Hammon Park Trail Head and Bike Playground, which is funded by a $2.1 million investment from the Regional Tourism Investment Fund – Stimulus Round.

Built on the old Hammon Park football oval in the Creswick Regional Park, the Hammon Park Trail Head is designed to encourage riders of all abilities to safely build up their mountain bike riding skills before taking on the more challenging trails in Creswick.

The project is being delivered by the Hepburn Shire Council and will also showcase the surrounding bushland, lakes and hills.

The bike playground will help young people become more experienced riders through a series of small hills and outdoor terrain. The project will also include new restrooms for people of all abilities, along with barbecue and picnic areas to encourage outdoor events and family gatherings near the trails and a play space for young people.

Excavation works are well underway at the Hammon Park Trail Head and Bike Playground which is expected to be completed at the end of the year. The project is being delivered by Victorian-based contractors Naturform and will support up to 20 jobs during construction.

Located between Ballarat and Daylesford, Creswick is an old gold-mining town famous for its scenic bushland areas, existing mountain bike trails and bushwalks.

The Victorian Government is investing in several projects to transform Creswick into a mountain biking destination for all ages with the Hammon Park project adding to the existing Creswick Pump Track and the Creswick Mountain Bike project.

The Regional Tourism Investment Fund forms part of the $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package from the $633 million Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan, a whole-of-state strategy with a goal of achieving $35 billion in annual visitor expenditure and supporting 300,000 jobs by June 2024.

For more information visit Regional Tourism Investment Fund.