The Warburton Mountain Bike Destination: it’s too big . . .

Warburton in the Upper Yarra Valley is proposed to be ‘The Mountain Bike Capital of Australia’ with 185+ kms of single lane mountain bike trails in the first stage, up to 165,000 mountain bike tourists per year and many other developments that will turn our area into a Mountain Bike Theme Park.

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Warburton Mountain Bike Destination – Our Concerns

The major concerns about this project are that such large numbers of mountain biking tourists will cause:

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What is in the second stage?

Current Problems with Mountain Bikers

Mountain bikers:

  • use trails that are designated walkers only, even when their presence is especially dangerous to walkers (on narrow, steep grades with blind corners)
  • build illegal tracks
  • destroy EDLWP signage advising no mountain bikes allowed on trails
  • continue to use trails closed off by DELWP with rocks to prevent usage by riding around or through rocks
  • destroy vegetation
  • cause erosion
  • have physically harmed, threatened and verbally abused walkers and residents
  • cause traffic problems and disruption on our back roads
  • build jumps and other structures into trails
  • use chainsaws on vegetation either sides of paths
  • use heritage structures as jumps and obstacles

Although the Project People have promised that the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination will eliminate these problems, experience from other Mountain Bike Trail developments have demonstrated that this will not be the case.

Warburton Mountain Bike Destination
View from Mt Little Joe where many of the mountain bike trails will be built.

One thought on “The Warburton Mountain Bike Destination: it’s too big . . .

  1. I think this is destruction of our local history. The back stairs track. Cuts along and through the original Lady houpton gold mine site. And has rubbed out with human occupation all existing evidence. There is many sites of significance in our area. And your new trails will ruin many sites unknown to most. This is disappointing to our gold mining heritage. And disrespectful. Shining star mine. And it’s water race’s. And small community sites dotted through our mountain’s. No MTB track in Warburton. These sites should be protected buy government not allowed to be cut through. And how people can allow this to happen. With complete disregard is beyond my own logic. This is Australian history. The beginning of our story happened here. Keep out!!!

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