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Works begin to extend new bike park trails


Halloween at Newborough’s Haunted Hills Mountain Bike Park coincided with the start of works to extend the trails and draw even more mountain bikers to the region thanks to Victorian Government support.

Stage 2 of the project will see up to 15 km in additional trails added to this important new attraction.

The project has been supported via a $1 million investment through the Regional Tourism Investment Fund – Stimulus Round, underpinned by the Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan.

Once complete, Haunted Hills Mountain Bike Park will become the gateway park to the Central Gippsland Mountain Bike Hub (G7) - a collection of seven diverse Mountain Bike Parks in Central Gippsland.

Haunted Hills is set to become a mecca for modern mountain bike riders of all skill levels, from beginners through to advanced. The name is steeped in history. Local legend suggests it was first labelled the Haunted Hills in the 1800s because of a rumbling noise that sounded like stampeding cattle when drovers passed through.

The project is expected to generate three fulltime equivalent jobs during the construction period and upon completion is set to attract more visitors to the region and provide important recreation opportunities for the local community.

Fully funded by the Victorian Government, Stage 2 will also add new paths, picnic shelters, electric BBQs, a mountain bike skills area, bicycle wash, fencing and improved carparking.

The Government’s Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan sets out a state-wide strategy to drive annual visitor expenditure to $35 billion and tourism sector jobs beyond 300,000 by June 2024.

Stage 1 of the park was funded by the Commonwealth Government and is nearing completion. It is expected to open for community use later this year.

The Victorian Government is partnering with Gippsland MTB Inc, Latrobe City Council, Energy Australia, Destination Gippsland, Trailscapes, and locally based HCM Constructions to deliver Stage 2 of this project.

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