The Andrews Labor Government is delivering new world-class bike trails in regional Victoria with the opening of the La Larr Ba Guawa Park in Harcourt – just in time for the Labour Day long weekend.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford joined Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today to open the park to mountain bike riders.
The Park is two kilometres east of Harcourt and adjoins the Mount Alexander Regional Park. It includes 34 kilometres of trails that take advantage of the site’s stunning views and granite landscapes. It caters to riders from beginners to advanced, with technical features that will have riders returning again and again.
As well as a variety of trails, the well-signposted park also includes toilets and a meeting shelter. Mountain bike riders will park in Harcourt and access the Park via a newly constructed off-road path.
The project is expected to increase the number of visitors to the precinct to 25,000 visitors per year in 2018. Within the five years, the precinct is expected to attract 100,000 visitors a year and create 57 jobs in the visitor economy.
Annual visitor spending is expected to reach $2.4 million in 2018 and increase to $9.8 million after five years. The project is also projected to spark private sector investment in bike related services and the hospitality sector.
The Labor Government invested almost $2.5 million towards the project.
Victorian Government Media Release: 9 March 2018