Mountain bike enthusiasts will soon have new tracks at Forrest, thanks to a $500,000 State Government grant that will complete the first stage of the town’s Mountain Bike Revitalisation Project.
The grant, from the Regional Infrastructure Fund, will help secure Forrest’s future as a key mountain bike and tourist destination in Australia.
Stage One of the project will deliver new mountain bike trails and rejuvenate existing signature trails to create a network of world-class experiences, building on the recreational tourism assets in the township and surrounding areas.
The Forrest Mountain Bike Trail is a leading track of the Adventure Trails, which is a G21 priority under the Great Ocean Road project.
It will deliver more world-class tracks and trails for mountain bike enthusiasts and provide even more incentive to visit and enjoy the Otway Ranges.
The funding will help create a new Barwon Flow Trail in the Southern Trail network. The downhill mountain bike track will have turns and jumps that allows riders to keep up speed or ‘flow’ going with minimal pedalling.
Gravity-fed ‘Flow Trails’ aren’t currently available at Forrest and the new trails will provide one of Victoria’s best beginner and intermediate jump-trail experiences, and arguably the best place in the state to safely progress jumping ability.
Additionally, the trails will be suitable for all abilities, making Forrest the first adaptive-rider-friendly facility in Victoria.
The trail network already currently attracts 25,000 visitors each year generating significant economic returns for Forrest and the wider region.
When constructed, stage one of the Forrest Mountain Bike Revitalisation project will deliver a considerable social, economic and environmental boost for the community.
The Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF) is designed to assist the growth of rural Victoria by providing grants for infrastructure projects that have the potential to stimulate economic activity.