Warburton Urban Design Framework

The Warburton Urban Design Framework is up for comment. "The draft UDF includes design guidelines for new development and redevelopment of built form and streetscapes (the function, shape and configuration of buildings as well as their relationship to streets and open spaces) that protect the character of the Warburton townships. These guidelines can be translated into … Continue reading Warburton Urban Design Framework

The Socio-Economic Impact Assessment

Quotes from the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination Environmental Effects Statement Documentation on the Warburton Mountain Biking Destination - Socio-Economic Impact Assessment: "The impact on the Warburton housing market and vulnerable residents is considered to be the most significant negative impact of the project.“ - WMBD EES Technical Report E: Socio-Economic states on page 53  ". … Continue reading The Socio-Economic Impact Assessment

Was Derby a victim of its own success? – The Tasmanian Examiner – February, 2022

"After almost 30 years in the town Ms Scott said the sudden transformation of the town into a global MTB destination "came as quite a shock to a lot of us". Of those 12 community groups Ms Scott belonged to in the early 2000s, only two remain. Similarly, Mr and Mrs Smith feel they've lost … Continue reading Was Derby a victim of its own success? – The Tasmanian Examiner – February, 2022

Trail change should not be approved – Gold Country – Feb 14, 2022

There is a long history, dating back to the early 2000s, of the mountain biking community heavily lobbying State Parks to open the Browns Ravine Trail to bikes. This lobbying has continued at varying levels of intensity for the past 20-plus years, supported, funded and organized by the national and the California arm of International … Continue reading Trail change should not be approved – Gold Country – Feb 14, 2022

Victorians divided over Warburton’s mountain bike tracks

While some locals are looking forward to the tourism boom, others are worried about increased congestion, demand for short-term accommodation and the critically endangered Mount Donna Buang wingless stonefly that lives in the region. Mountain bike enthusiasts around Victoria are excited at the proposal to build a world-class mountain bike trail network in Warburton, saying … Continue reading Victorians divided over Warburton’s mountain bike tracks

Bike trail plan a salve for many but there’s a tiny fly in the ointment – The Age – 4 February, 2022

It’s the rarest Australian insect you’re never heard of – the tiny, brown, critically endangered Mount Donna Buang wingless stonefly, which only lives on the mountain it was named after on Melbourne’s urban fringe https://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/bike-trail-plan-a-salve-for-many-but-there-s-a-tiny-fly-in-the-ointment-20220204-p59tri.html?fbclid=IwAR0bsJtX9djGGW-VY36W721YXPL6TjplkGTl6O0a_34zcjlLAW8bWtyWAew

Reject Bike Tracks in Yarra Ranges National Park – VNPA.org.au – 19 December 2021

It’s not the job of national parks to “facilitate tourism growth”. The Yarra Ranges Council wants to build 44 trails spanning 177 kilometres as part of The Warburton Mountain Bike Destination. A large part of this project is planned within the Yarra Ranges National Park. https://vnpa.org.au/warburton-bike-track-take-action/?fbclid=IwAR1djAefVylmSUEps4EHMLGAAcOZDTKRAkyrmuXUjhrkskBV8nZO7mj5gVk