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Forrest Mountain Bike Trails Detailed Design Plan – Contractor Appointed

28/02/19 Last year the Federal Government committed $100k from Round 2 of the Building Better Regions Fund for a ‘Forrest Mountain Bike Trails Detailed Design Plan’. With the Colac Otway Shires matching funding ($100k cash & $20k in-kind) we have $220k for Precinct Masterplans, Detailed Design And Preplanning Works.

Council is very  excited to announce that ‘Dirt Art Pty Ltd’ has been formally appointed as the contractor for the Forrest MTB Detailed Design Project. Council would like to thank the Project Steering Group and Tender Evaluation Panel who have assisted developing the project plan and appointing Dirt Art. Furthermore we need to thank the Forrest MTB Implementation Committee, the Forrest community and the Forrest MTB Club members whose passion for the trails keeps us all heading in the right direction.

 Dirt Art  has a 10+ year history of developing successful mountain bike destinations. Unlike many other companies in the industry who only focus on building trails, Dirt Art have a market-leading understanding of the broader destination market place, including visitor behaviours and market trends, and commercial and business development. Through the company’s Maydena Bike Park project, and other large-scale destination projects, Dirt Art has demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of the broader adventure tourism sector, which is a critical component of successful destination development. Dirt Art was one of the first companies to work in the destination mountain biking space and was instrumental in developing the early concepts and design packages for what eventually became Blue Derby. Blue Derby is now widely regarded as one of Australia’s top mountain bike destinations.

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 The Detailed Design Plan will complement the Forrest MTB Strategic Plan and the 2018 Forrest MTB Economic Analysis; so that the Forrest MTB trails are considered ‘shovel ready’ and are seen as a ‘must have’ investment opportunity for both the Federal and State Governments.

Trails Upgrades to occur in 2018 - 2019 – 24th May 2018

A few weeks ago we closed trail 6 “Follow The Dog’ so Travis the Trail builder could conduct renewals work on the trail. These works have been completed but please stay off the trail until further notice!!  Riding on the trail will destroy all of Travis’ and volunteers good work.... plus you will waste a heap of funding that we’ve worked hard to get!!.  The Forrest MTB Club wants to thank everyone that assisted with the works and DELWP who committed $20k to the project. 

Our friends at DELWP have also committed $30k for a Skills Parks at the Forrest Trail head. This will be an awesome development for Forrest, riders and our local community. Also, next year one of our other trails will also be getting a $20k upgrade from DELWP....stay tuned for more info about this. 

In other news, we’re now working towards seeking funding for a new Flow trail called the ‘Barwon Flow Trail.’ This trail will provide a long flowing single track, with excellent constant gradient for a challenging and enjoyable downhill ride close to town.... with loops back to the township and the Forrest trailhead.....the trail will also have a stack of  pretty cool B - lines for advanced riders!! Also for the crew that like single track and gravel.... together with the local agencies we’re going to work on a gravel circuit in and around Forrest – if you have any favourite rides around Forrest please let us know by sending us a message at our Facebook page!


Follow the Dog Post Works Ride Forrest Visit Otways Great Ocean Road Victoria (570*400) 25052018
Follow The Dog Refurbishment Ride Forrest Visit Otways Great Ocean Road Victoria 570 400

23rd April 18 - Follow The Dog Refurbishment

Follow The Dog will be closed for a few weeks from Monday 23rd April while Travis the trail builder and a merry band of volunteers complete some refurbishment works! If you want to volunteer to assist with the trail work, please contact the Forrest MTB Club!

In other news the word is, that after the other weeks planner burns, the other trails on the southern loop are pretty cool to ride at the moment to...... make sure you check them out!

 

 

5th April 2018: Temporary Trail Closures

Due to the planned burns Track 4: Roller Coaster Track 5: Third Time Lucky 6: Follow the Dog will be temporary closed between Friday 6th April & Sunday 9th April 2018.

The Forrest Turner Drive Planned Burn will be conducted tomorrow (Friday 6th April).

Smoke from Lorne planned burns and a number of private stubble burns has drifted along the Surf Coast and inland, please read the following statewide smoke advice.

Please read the full media release here

 

 

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19th Nov 2016 Red Carpet Open - Better than ever before!

19th Nov 2016 Red Carpet Open - Better than ever before!

The Forrest Mountain Bike & Cycling Club has been super busy after winter... along with the works crew from DEWLP. Have they got a present for you! Here's a quick message and photo from Club President Sandy Maxwell.

RED CARPET AND FOLLOW THE DOG IS NOW OPEN. RED CARPET IS RUNNING MAGNIFICENTLY TOO!

Grasstrees should come back on line soon, after DELWP  inspect the works that the Forrest mountain bike club have done.

There is still the diversion on Marriners...as there needs to be some serious work done in that particular section.

Sept 2016 - Red Carpet Update

Sep 2016 -Red Carpet Update

The Forrest Mountain Bike & Cycling Club has been super busy after winter... along with the works crew from DEWLP. Have they got a present for you! Here's a quick message and photo from Club President Sandy Maxwell.

RED CARPET AND FOLLOW THE DOG IS NOW OPEN. RED CARPET IS RUNNING MAGNIFICENTLY TOO!

Grasstrees should come back on line soon, after DELWP  inspect the works that the Forrest mountain bike club have done.

There is still the diversion on Marriners...as there needs to be some serious work done in that particular section.

24th March 2016 Red Carpet Makeover - Survey

24th March 2016 Red Carpet Makeover - Survey

In response to the Forrest Mountain Bike Trails approved strategic plan, DELWP and the Forrest Mountain Bike Club have recently undertaken enhancement and maintenance works on Red Carpet. To continue to meet the needs of the Forrest and mountain bike communities, we encourage all Red Carpet and Forrest mountain bike trail riders to complete this short, 5 minute survey. The information we collect will be used to guide future trail works and identify what we are getting right out there.

Got 5 mins...? Here's the link

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9G8SZMX 

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