Work is set to begin on a major upgrade and expansion of Forrest’s mountain bike trail network, that will see it become a world-class destination for mountain biking.
The Forrest Mountain Bike Revitalisation Project will create up to 38 kilometres of new trails, taking the network’s footprint to over 100 kilometres.
The Forrest Mountain Bike Trail is a leading track of the Adventure Trails, which is a G21 priority under the Great Ocean Road project.
These new and revitalised trails will make Forrest a must-visit mountain biking destination, driving a significant increase in local tourism and the broader region.
The upgrade of one of the most adventurous and dynamic mountain bike trails in the network, the Red Carpet Trail, begins this month with construction to continuing into 2022.
During winter, the Red Carpet Trail will be resurfaced and weather-proofed, allowing for year-round riding. New jumps, ridges and rollers will be added to create a more engaging experience for riders. The trail will be closed in sections as the work progresses.
Planning studies and regulatory approvals for upgrades and extensions of other trails are continuing, ahead of construction work to begin later this year.
The project is creating valuable jobs for the local region, with tradespeople, landscapers, designers and technical specialists to be employed as the project progresses.
Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) and the Colac Otway Shire Council will deliver the project which has received $2.07 million in funding from the Victorian Government and $250,000 from Colac Otway Shire Council.
FFMVic and Colac Otway Shire Council will conduct community engagement in the coming months to help finalise the redesign of the Forrest Trail Head Precinct.