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Mountain bikers credited with boost to Harcourt economy

Mountain Bike Path Harcourt Forum 2017

Since the official opening of mountain bike trails near Harcourt last year, the region is already experiencing benefits to its local economy.

The La Larr Ba Gauwa Park opened in March 2018, and has recorded more than 31,000 mountain bike riders flocking to the region to make tracks.

It's estimated visitors to the park, that includes 34 kilometres of trails, have spent around $1.6 million in the Mount Alexander Shire in its first 12 months, with $700,000 of that spent in Harcourt alone.

The figures, from a recent economic impact report, has well exceeded the projected estimates of 25,000 visitors in the first year.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D'Ambrosio says the positive uptake of the park is encouraging.

"It’s great to see so many mountain bike riders flocking to La Larr Ba Gauwa Park to test out the tracks and enjoythese new world class facilities,” she said.

“This is a really good example of how government can work with the local community to build the infrastructureneeded to showcase our environment and attract new visitors to the region.”

More than 90 per cent of riders who visisted the park live outsideof the Mount Alexander region, with 40 per cent travelling from Melbourne, and 20 per cent coming from Bendigo.

The report will soon be handed to the Mount Alexander Shire Council and the Harcourt Progress Association so they can plan how they can keep riders in Harcourt for longer, and create more economic benefits for the region.

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