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It's been a cracker of an opening week at La Larr Ba Gauwa Park, with beautiful weather, fabulous trails and heaps of riders (from beginners all the way up to experts).  Even if you have managed to conquer all of the trails there is still scope to try some alternative features or just improve your lines and times.

Just remember a few key guidelines for your use of the Park:

Park your car on High Street opposite the Harcourt CFA Station.  Then cycle to La Larr Ba Gauwa Park via the off-road path that runs alongside Market Street and Picnic Gully Road.  This path will take you straight to the Trail Head (it's also a lovely cruisey way to finish off your ride).  There are no parking facilities for bike riders at the Trail Head or in the Oak Forest.

Be aware of the weekend weather conditions and plan your ride accordingly.  A total fire ban has been declared for the North Central Fire District on Saturday.  The Park will remain open unless a Code Red alert is issued.

Make sure you have plenty of water with you before you leave Harcourt as there is no drinking water at the Park.

Make the most of the La Larr Ba Gauwa experience.



La Larr Ba Gauwa MTB Park opening 9 March

Get on your bike because La Larr Ba Gauwa Park will open to riders from noon on Friday 9 March! That means you can spend the long weekend shredding 34 kilometres of purpose built mountain bike trails at Harcourt!

The trails take advantage of the Park’s stunning views and natural granite features. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, we’ve got you covered.

La Larr Ba Gauwa Park has everything from a leisurely beginners’ loop to long flowy cross-country rides and technically challenging trails featuring chutes, berms, drops, jumps and rock gardens.

Once you arrive in Harcourt, park your car in town and cycle to La Larr Ba Gauwa via the off-road path that runs alongside Market Street and Picnic Gully Road. That will take you to the Trail Head where you’ll be able to choose from 11 trails.

If you’re heading to La Larr Ba Gauwa for the long weekend, make sure you enjoy everything the Harcourt Valley has to offer. The region is brimming with relaxing cafes, award-winning wineries and cideries, plenty of outdoor activities and accommodation options. For information about what to do and where to stay, check out www.harcourt.vic.au or www.maldoncastlemaine.com.au

The Project is being managed by DELWP Loddon Mallee with funding from Regional Development Victoria's Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.

Plus it is Applefest weekend in Harcourt so take in all of the local events and attractions.

Harcourt MTB Park Management

Would you like to help manage the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park?  Expressions of Interest (EOI) are invited for people interested in volunteering to be on the Committee of Management.  The Committee will be responsible for the day-to-day management and future planning of the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park on behalf of the community.

This will be a skills-based committee.  DELWP are looking for people who are enthusiastic and have a passion for contributing to their local community in managing this world class recreational facility. Committee members will be responsible for caring for, protecting, promoting and managing the park as well as maximising community involvement and use of the mountain bike trails.  The Committee will need a range of skills and interests including environmental management, business management, technical expertise in mountain bike use, event management, marketing and promotions, legal affairs, cultural heritage and more.

All Expressions of Interest must be submitted on a nomination form by Monday 16 October.  More information and nomination forms are available from Lynda Grant at DELWP on 5430 4444 or by emailing harcourtmbp@delwp.vic.gov.au

Harcourt Economic Opportunities Forum

Mount Alexander Shire Council has organised an Economic Opportunities Forum on Wednesday 20 September from 7pm at the Harcourt Bowling Club in Bagshaw Street.

A range of guest speakers will talk about the economic opportunities that will be generated from the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park, future planning for Harcourt and other local projects.  Speakers include Simon French from Dirt Art and Emma Ashton from Forrest Guesthouse.

More information is available from David Leathem at Mount Alexander Shire Council on 5471 1700.

Harvesting in the Pineys

HVP Plantations will be beginning harvesting of the Moonlight (Castlemaine) Plantations within the next week.

The operation will be a thinning operation at the Northern end of the plantation.

The operation is scheduled to be ongoing until end of November 2017.

Harcourt Mountain Bike Park

World-leading mountain bike trail design company Dirt Art has been awarded the contract for the final design and construction of the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park.  Construction is scheduled to commence in July with an end date prior to Christmas 2017, subject to weather and planning approvals.

Included in the contract is the development of a website for the mountain bike park and a mobile app, which will utilise professional video and still imagery.

Dirt Art is committed to working with the local community and are currently advertising for around 6 local people to be employed during construction.  There is discussion occurring with DELWP and Mount Alexander Shire on potential business opportunities arising from the project.  A skills based committee of  management will be established shortly with expressions of interest to be advertised in local papers.

Following recent community engagement sessions and feedback received, the Project Managers at DELWP have been working with Dirt Art, Dja Dja Wurrung and the Environmental teams to refine the preliminary design.  A particular interest has been access to a small area on the northern knoll to take in the commanding views while ensuring the cultural and environmental values are not harmed. Some trails have also been adjusted to provide greater privacy to local residents.  The current endorsed trail design is included below.

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Castlemaine to Maldon Walking/Cycling Trail

The much heralded Castlemaine to Maldon Walking and Cycling Trail was officially opened by Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards on Saturday 18 March.  The 17.7 kilometre trail can be ridden in either direction (or both) between Castlemaine and Maldon stations, and passes through a number of historic points including the Muckleford station, running in parallel to the heritage Victorian Goldfields Railway for much of the journey.  There are also a number of areas of singletrack mountain bike and other forest trails accessible from the Trail.

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The new Cycling Trail will feature in our social ride calendar in July this year, followed by the Race the Train event in November.

Mountain bike trails in Creswick

Mountain bike enthusiasts will have a new trail to explore and enjoy thanks to a $2.56 million grant from the Andrews Labor Government.

The 100 kilometre purpose-built mountain bike trail will create 30 new jobs,  and importantly put Creswick on the map as a mountain bike destination of choice.

The project will deliver:

  • The development of Hammon Park into a Trail Head;
  • Construction of a Pump Track at Hammon Park;
  • Construction of 100kms of new trail; and
  • Signage through all trail networks.

Head here for more information.