Sunday, July 21, 2024

Hepburn Shire bike trail on track

Progress on Hepburn Shire Council’s Creswick Trails project recently hit a major milestone with around 30 kilometres of trails completed.

Mayor, Brian Hood said he was pleased to see the project progress, there was still some distance to go until the project will be ride ready.

“There are no completed trail areas that are currently ready to ride. We understand the excitement that surrounds this project and the desire to have parts of it open early, but it’s important to be patient and to stay off the trails until they are officially open,” said Mayor Hood.

“We have looked at ways of having a staged opening of trails, but this is not currently possible given the site is a construction zone and we need to ensure public safety. However, we will continue to look at options of how we can possibly open a portion of the trail before the entire trails are complete,” he said.

“Accessing the construction area and the partially completed trails could damage the trails or place you or our construction crews in danger.”

The trailhead for the Creswick Trails, Hammon Park, is open for use. The trailhead is home to three lines of cycling jumps, pump track, learn to ride area, BBQ area, play area, rope climbing tower, parking and toilets, including a shower and Changing Place accessible amenities block.

In the coming months we will be looking to name some of the trails within the Creswick Trails network. We will reach out to the community with more information on this shortly,” said Mayor Hood.

Council has engaged independent experts to oversee parts of the construction process to ensure the trails are built in line with cultural, ecological and heritage controls.

The Creswick Trails project remains on track to be open in December 2024.

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