ARARAT - The proposed plan for a series of mountain bike trails in the Ararat Hills gained momentum before Easter after the Ararat Rural City Council offered its support in the form of a community grant.
The grant adds to additional funding provided by Parks Victoria and Central Grampians LLEN and allows interested community members to run a mountain bike trail building workshop as part of initial project planning.
The trail building workshop, facilitated by International Mountain Bike Association Australia, will be run over three days - Saturday May 10, Sunday May 11 and Monday May 12.
The workshop will teach local community members how to construct sustainable mountain bike trails and highlight important factors such as ongoing maintenance and community involvement opportunities.
Saturday and Sunday's workshop will cater for Parks Victoria personnel, Ararat Dirt Bike members and other interested organisations and individuals from the Ararat community.
The Monday workshop will be for VCAL students and teachers from Ararat College and Marian College.
Once the workshop has been completed the project will move to stage two, when Parks Victoria will draw together strategic planning concepts and seek formal approval for the mountain bike trails project to proceed on public land.
It is hoped the formalisation of trails will occur later in the year.
If anybody is interested in attending the weekend workshop, a small number of places are still available.
If anyone wants to know more about the proposed Ararat Hills Mountain Bike Project contact Tammy Schoo (Parks Victoria) 0437 443 876.