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Plenty Gorge Park mountain bike trail program

Formalise mountain bike trails and access in Plenty Gorge Park

SUCCESSFUL PROJECT

Project details

Suggested by: Nathan (Plenty Gorge MTB Club)

Project partner: Parks Victoria

Budget

$195,000.00

Votes

411 votes received

Mountain biking (MTB) is a nature-based sport that is experiencing a rapid increase in popularity and participation. The Plenty Gorge Park (PGP) is immediately surrounded by the Whittlesea, Nillumbik, Darebin and Banyule communities (550M+ population), and the MTB trail (~21km) delivered by this project will enable formal access for all levels of MTB users from beginners & families to intermediate enthusiasts; not only to the immediate surrounding communities, but also to the Greater Melbourne region.

This project will enable and encourage MTB access on safe, well-planned, marked and maintained trails and protect significant vegetation, habitat, and cultural values in PGP.

Represented by the PGMTB Club in collaboration with Parks Victoria, this project is currently an approved but unfunded opportunity in the Plenty Gorge Park Master Plan that will contribute towards the key objective of increasing park awareness and involvement.

Formalising a MTB trail network in PGP will contribute to nature-based visitor experiences which will encourage active recreation in nature, while protecting conservation objectives, making MTB accessible to the local community.

With PGP's unique landscape and its location in a growing community, this project will respond to the community’s interests and needs, enabling open space access in a beautiful, natural setting.

SUCCESSFUL PROJECT

Project details

Suggested by: Nathan (Plenty Gorge MTB Club)

Project partner: Parks Victoria

Budget

$195,000.00

Votes

411 votes received

Comments

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Fitzy

13 Aug 2018

Formalising the trails in the gorge will be an amazing asset to the community for so many reasons.

Project Owner

plentygorgemtb > Fitzy

13 Aug 2018

Thanks Fitzy, we think so too. Thank you for your support!

Jojo

13 Aug 2018

That will be awesome formalising the trails and it will be beneficial to all .

Project Owner

plentygorgemtb > Jojo

13 Aug 2018

Absolutely - we agree with you. Thank you for you positive comment Jojo.

Bmarr

13 Aug 2018

I love the Gorge. It would be great to have ParksVic help maintain and develop the area for all in the Mountain biking community

Project Owner

plentygorgemtb > Bmarr

13 Aug 2018

Thanks for you support.

The Plenty Gorge MTB Club will certainly continue to play a role in the Plenty Gorge Park. It is there for all to enjoy, and not just mountain bikers!

mlunn66

13 Aug 2018

I live locally & ride in at least 3 times a week. This is an important area for riders so I hope it can be managed in a sustainable way to ensure riders can continue to enjoy the are for many years to come

Project Owner

plentygorgemtb > mlunn66

13 Aug 2018

Thanks mlunn66 for your comment.

We agree 100% with your comments. Components of the funding will go towards cultural & heritage assessments as well as environmental assessments.

The Plenty Gorge MTB Club is committed to working respectfully with Parks Victoria, as the landholders and follow the formalisation process.

Lyall Demetrios

13 Aug 2018

Been riding here for years and it would be great to have the trails formalised. There is nothing this close to the CBD for mountain biking

Project Owner

plentygorgemtb > Lyall Demetrios

13 Aug 2018

Lyall, lovely to hear that you're enjoying the park. We do too!

Formalising the trails in the Yellow Gum area will make it even more accessible, safe and sustainable.

Eberbachl

13 Aug 2018

Love riding here. A great way to get youngsters into the sport in a safe and accessible location. Formalising the trail network would be terrific!

Project Owner

plentygorgemtb > Eberbachl

13 Aug 2018

It is a great way to get the youngsters active and learn about nature.

Thank you for your comment and support, Eberbachl!

mbyma

13 Aug 2018

PG is where my mountain bike life began, would love to see the trails get some tlc and draw in riders from different areas

Project Owner

plentygorgemtb > mbyma

13 Aug 2018

We share the same vision as you mbyma. Wouldn't it be a great story if many up and coming mountain bike riders cut their teeth at Plenty Gorge Park.

Corey

13 Aug 2018

Such a great location for riding so formalising the trail network just makes sense.

Project Owner

plentygorgemtb > Corey

13 Aug 2018

It certainly does Corey. It can only lead towards greater things.

Thank you for your support.

Mark B

13 Aug 2018

Great trails, a real assest for Melbourne and should be formalised..

Project Owner

plentygorgemtb > Mark B

13 Aug 2018

Cheers Mark.

We are excited at the prospect of formalising the trail network in Plenty Gorge Park (Yellow Gum area). The club and its members have been terrific in supporting our efforts thus far.

casnell

13 Aug 2018

Be great to formalise the existing tracks

Project Owner

plentygorgemtb > casnell

13 Aug 2018

Absolutely with you there casnell.

There is already a lot of tracks out there. This project will look to assess and formalise the trail network in the Yellow Gum area and ensure its sustainability going into the future.

FishNBrewis

13 Aug 2018

Amazing areas with great potential for formalized trails and expansion to Bridge Inn Rd

Project Owner

plentygorgemtb > FishNBrewis

13 Aug 2018

Thanks for your comment FishNBrewis.

Our project will be focusing on the trail network in the Yellow Gum area of Plenty Gorge Park. We think this is where the best riding exists and we would love to see them formalise.

We must ensure access to our community in a culturally sensitive, environmentally friendly and sustainable manner.

DanQ

13 Aug 2018

So much potential for good MTB at this place

Project Owner

plentygorgemtb > DanQ

13 Aug 2018

We already think there is great MTB in Plenty Gorge Park!

It would be the icing on the cake to formalise and share with our community.

rohankendall

13 Aug 2018

Excellent trails that could become some of the best in Australia. Plenty Gorge is a much needed outdoor recreation area for the northern suburbs.

Project Owner

plentygorgemtb > rohankendall

13 Aug 2018

Well said rohankendall! Thank you for your support!

Plenty Gorge Park is in a unique position, being in the heart of the expanding community in the Northern suburbs.

It's important that we get it right, which is why we are partnering with Parks Victoria to implement this project.

JDubya

13 Aug 2018

Such a great asset to the community to have a formalised mountain bike trail in the park!

Project Owner

plentygorgemtb > JDubya

13 Aug 2018

Thank you JDubya. We think so too.

It can only lead to better outcomes and experiences for our community.

BenD

13 Aug 2018

The trails here are an amazing community resource for health, fitness and general wellbeing

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plentygorgemtb > BenD

13 Aug 2018

Absolutely spot on BenD. Thank you for your comment and support!