Local appointed to work on Anglesea Bike Park project

Published on 11 April 2018

close up of bike tyre on dirt track

Media Release

Council has appointed award winning bike trail designers World Trail to assist in the project to determine the future of the Anglesea Bike Park.

The work is being driven by the need to identify an achievable and sustained future for the Anglesea Bike Park following the closure of the Alcoa coal mine.

Locally based specialist trails consultant Gerard McHugh from World Trail has been appointed to assist Council in the investigation of all available options including an assessment of costs.

The work will also investigate the opportunity for the bike park to double as the trail head for a formalised trail network that would link local and regional bike trails.

World Trail is one of the world’s most respected builders of recreational trails and in 2017 received the ‘Specialized Trail of the Year’ award as judged by the riders of the Enduro World Series.

The impetus for the work is the closure of the Alcoa coal mine which may impact on the location of the Anglesea Bike Park as its current site is on land owned by Alcoa.

Surf Coast Shire Council Chief Executive Officer Keith Baillie expressed Council’s appreciation for everyone’s contribution to the project.

“Surf Coast Shire Council is working with community members, including representatives of the Anglesea Bike Park, as well as the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, on both the bike park and trail analysis.”

“We look forward to providing a clear way forward for bike park users and the community as soon as possible.  Appointing the expert consultant is an important step in this process,” Mr Baillie said.

A report detailing location options will be tabled for consideration by Council at its 22 May meeting so that a decision on the future of the Anglesea Bike Park is made before the expiry of the lease on 30 June.

A second report will be prepared for Council’s consideration in September on a trails concept plan. This report will detail options, including costs, for a formalised network of bike trails that would position Anglesea as a regional mountain bike trails destination.