Thursday, February 22, 2024

Funding to pedal Strathbogie bike track feasibility study

Strathbogie Shire Council has received funding from the Victorian Government to complete a feasibility study for a Mountain Bike Trail on Balmattum Hill at Euroa.

The project was one of 38 to recently receive funding from the State Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund (RJIF).

Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor, Laura Binks said the funding would be used to carry out a feasibility study to determine all aspects of the potential trail.

“We are so pleased to have received $241,600 from the RJIF,” Mayor Binks said.

“This project is one of huge importance to the Euroa and surrounding communities; we know it is something they have desired for a long time.

“It’s a partnership project with the community who has already undertaken considerable work to progress the concept of a mountain bike trail at Balmattum Hill.

“Not only would the trail ensure cyclists can enjoy the health and wellbeing aspects of the project, but it is also a fantastic drawcard for tourism with Balmattum Hill offering an incredible view of the Euroa township and surrounds.

“We look forward to sharing the results of the feasibility study with the community, once completed,” she said.

The project is one of Council’s top five advocacy asks to the Victorian Government – falling under two key strategic areas in the Council Plan 2021-2025: Live.Access.Connect and Strong.Healthy.Safe.

“According to experienced mountain bike trail builders it will, when completed, be comparable to some of Australia’s more iconic riding locations offering amazing views and unique trail features,” the Mayor said.

RJIF delivers grants through three streams, including the Regional Jobs Fund, Regional Infrastructure Fund and Investment Fast Track Fund, covering projects from the planning stage through to completion.

Council received funding under the Investment Fast Track Fund stream in the latest round of the program.

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