Local sports clubs in our community have been devastated by the impact of COVID-19 and the restrictions that have been in place for much of this year.
The five G21 Councils were quick to contact local sporting associations and clubs to identify if there was any support that they could provide at this time.
Leisure Networks led research and found that a loss of revenue and adhering to health guidelines on a return to play were the most significant worries for local clubs.
Hopefully state government grants designed to help organisations reactivate their sports as coronavirus restrictions are eased will help their long-term sustainability.
Two Adventure Trail projects, which feature under the Great Ocean Road Priority Project were fortunate to receive state government support.
Mountain bike enthusiasts will ride new tracks at Forrest, thanks to a total of $2.07 million from two state government grants, that will complete stages one and two of the town’s Mountain Bike Revitalisation Project.
Already attracting 25,000 visitors each year, the new trail will generate significant economic returns for Forrest and the wider region and create a family, tourist and disability friendly mountain bike network.
The Three Trails Project also found success, with a $500,000 grant that will upgrade 101 kilometres of trails connecting 15 different townships across Golden Plains Shire.
The Regional Motocross Facility project progresses well. Motorsport Australia and partners have developed a Business Case to investigate the feasibility, scope, project benefits and impacts of a Motorsport Precinct at the old CFA Fiskville site.
As a key stakeholder, Sport & Recreation Pillar representatives are on the Project Control Group. Their key role has been to encourage any new facility to also accommodate motorcross. It will be a relief when we can finally provide an alternative for our local displaced riders.
From G21’s Report to the Region 2020