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Mountain biking punctured by park theft

Friday 10 March, 2017

Mountain biking was stopped in its tracks this week when new signage was removed from Canadian Regional Park four days after installation.

Parks Victoria Ranger Team Leader Alex Schipperen said, “The mountain bike trail project has been an important project for the community and the park.

“Land managers and Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club have worked together to rehabilitate illegal trails in the park, identify safe trails and install new signage to direct cyclists to trails where mountain biking is safe and permitted.

“If anyone has information on the disappearance of the signs or sees people doing something they shouldn’t in the park, please contact Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963.”

Mr Spokevicius from Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club described the theft as ‘disappointing’, as volunteers had secured a community grant and spent two years working on the safe mountain biking project.

Canadian Regional Park is a new Regional Park in Ballarat, which is being planned and shaped in collaboration with the community, local organisations, local agencies and Parks Victoria.

Mr Schipperan said, “Canadian Regional Park will offer the Ballarat community and visitors a great natural outdoor environment for walking, jogging, cycling, nature study, playing and even stargazing. 

“This year we are undertaking park planning to shape the park, which will outline future recreation and other activities. Parks Victoria is inviting community to be involved and to register interest on www.parks.vic.gov.au/canadianparkplan.” 


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