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Comments invited for Arthurs Seat State Park mountain bike trail proposal

Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Parks Victoria is inviting the community to provide feedback on the provision of mountain bike opportunities for Arthurs Seat State Park, including a proposed trail network.

The impetus for Parks Victoria to consider developing a mountain bike trail network in Arthurs Seat State Park was raised in response to a significant increase in mountain bike activity across the Peninsula concentrated around the Arthurs Seat area. In addition there have been a number of formal approaches from mountain bike user groups for a planned network of trails on the Mornington Peninsula.

“A significant increase in recreational mountain bike use has occurred on the Mornington Peninsula. The provision of planned riding opportunities in Arthurs Seat State Park is needed to address potential impacts on the environmental values and visitor experiences,” said Parks Victoria District Manager Libby Jude.

Mountain bike riding on public land has become a well recognised activity in Australia and across the world. Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) recognise a need to provide designated, suitable, sustainable and safe opportunities in natural areas for growing numbers of riders particularly in proximity to Melbourne and regional centres.

“Our experience in parks such as You Yangs Regional Park and Lysterfield Park has demonstrated that networks of well-designed mountain bike experiences can deliver positive environmental outcomes by providing formal recreational opportunities for mountain bike riders to enjoy sustainable and low impact riding.”

“If we can establish an appropriately planned network of mountain bike trails that incorporate sustainable design principles we believe this will help ensure the protection of significant environmental values and cultural sites within Arthurs Seat State Park,”

A discussion paper has been prepared to inform community feedback. The discussion paper includes background information on mountain biking in Arthurs Seat State Park, an outline of current management issues plus principles and guidelines that would be used to assess a proposed Mountain Bike trail network.

“We’re really keen to hear constructive feedback based on a discussion paper we’ve prepared. We’ll be using the feedback received to inform decisions on how formal mountain bike trails might be created on the Mornington Peninsula and how they can be managed sustainably.”

The discussion paper is available on the Parks Victoria website and comments can be provided to Parks Victoria until Friday 9 May 2014.

To view the discussion paper and provide input into the Arthurs Seat State Park mountain bike trail network proposal click here or call 13 1963.

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