Issues

Lack of consultation

According to the YRMBA, this project has been under development since 2006, however most of we residents were not aware of the enormity of the project until May 2018 when articles appeared in the press. As by this time the funding had been applied for and the master plan for first stage complete, we were told that there was no way we could stop or scale the project down.
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Risk Management

Our emergency services were not brought in on the planning for the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination until after the Masterplan and after the application for funding were in. The Risk Assessment documentation supplied to Building Better Regions didn’t address the issues of accidents, injuries or bush fire risk at all.
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Traffic & Parking

Warburton lies in a narrow valley between steep mountains, it’s western end (Melbourne side) is blocked by Mt. Little Joe and the Warburton Highway at this point becomes very narrow. Our streets are narrow and our parking is woefully inadequate to deal with the tourists we have already.
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Old Warburton

Old Warburton is the site that will be the worst impacted by the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination. The residents of Old Warburton will have five bike trails between Old Warburton Road and the top of Mt. Tugwell and two, possibly three, trails on the lower side. All trails converge at the one spot right where the residents reside, going within 5 metres of some residents windows and finishing up in a flat area often used for parking that has residents gates within it. The residents have already had problems of cars parking over their gateways making it impossible for them to leave or return to their homes. Old Warburton is also the original settlement and has many sites of archaeological interest. The mountain bikes will go straight through some of the best. An original plan to put trails through the Old Warburton Cemetery has been rescinded, however there has been no further concessions despite intensive lobbying by residents.
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Heritage

Our area has many sites of heritage significance from old goldmining works, old logging infrastructure, old townships, sites of aboriginal significance and significant landscapes. The mountain bike trails will go through and disrupt many of these areas.
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Health & Wellbeing

The Parks Victoria Program that this project has been developed under is called ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy People’ and many health and wellbeing claims are being made about the Mountain Bike Destination. However, not all these projected benefits stack up.
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Social Impact

There are also many claims about how this project will create good outcomes for out residents socially. We beg to differ.
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Environment

Leadbeater’s Possum is on the endangered species list and their is a lot of concern about this our state faunal emblem. There are colonies of Leadbeater’s Possum in the general area of the mountain bike trails and many more areas that are Leadbeater’s Possum habitat where not enough study has been made to ascertain if they are inhabiting these spaces. The Leadbeater’s Possum requires contiguous vegetation to survive. Contiguous canopy is not enough as it does not move around the canopy. A mountain bike trail would present a problem for this little creature in its movements. There are other creatures that will be disrupted by the Mountain Bike Trails too and we wonder what will happen to the Lyrebirds whose songs are heard throughout the proposed Mountain Bike Destination area.
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