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Silvan Area Mountain Bike Trails

What’s Happening?

Parks Victoria is undergoing a strategic assessment to formalise 13km of mountain biking trail in the Silvan area of Dandenong Ranges National Park. This assessment does not involve building additional trails or building new infrastructure. 

To ensure any impacts on the environment and community are minimised or managed, Parks Victoria invites park users, residents, local businesses and the broader Victorian community to have their say about the benefits, impacts and suitability of the trails. 

Background

The Silvan and RJ Hamer Arboretum section of Dandenong Ranges National Park has approximately 13km of informal mountain bike trails. These trails have been in the park for many years and are a popular recreational activity in the park. 

Formalising the trails will result in 13km of existing mountain biking trails being designated cycling only and will allow the development of a management program to outline maintenance and risk assessments. It will also allow riding groups to volunteer on the maintenance of the trails and surrounding area. Following this assessment, Parks Victoria will work with riding groups to maximise trail quality and manage environmental impacts by closing any illegally built trails.

Map of existing trails (PDF 395kb)

Community Engagement Update

A six-week community consultation period was held from 22 August-30 September 2016 to seek feedback on the proposal to formalise the existing trail network in the Silvan area of Dandenong Ranges National Park. 

Parks Victoria would like to thank the people who took the time to provide feedback and submit their comments. This feedback is now being carefully reviewed before a project decision is made. A feedback report on the engagement process and how stakeholder and community input has influenced project outcomes is available here.

Feedback report (PDF 87kb)

Future updates on the project including a map and photos will be provided on this page between November 2016 and February 2017.