Skate park, MTB trails get funds

Myrtleford Times - - News -

SIG­NIF­I­CANT fund­ing has been awarded to Alpine Shire Coun­cil to sup­port lo­cal projects in­clud­ing 150,000 to up­grade the Mt Beauty skate park and $130,000 for a sec­ond stage of new moun­tain bike trails at Din­ner Plain.

Ja­clyn Symes (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria) was in Mt Beauty last Thurs­day to award the three win­ners of the Pick My Pro­ject scheme, but then went on to make the sur­prise an­nounce­ment of an ex­tra $280,000 worth of fund­ing.

A ma­jor up­grade to the Mt Beauty skate park will pro­vide users with more ar­eas to ride and skate, es­pe­cially dur­ing warmer months when skaters, scooter and BMW rid­ers flock­ing to the park.

The Din­ner Plain moun­tain bike trails pro­ject will see the con­struc­tion of a fur­ther 4km of all-abil­ity trail to link to ex­ist­ing tracks to form a loop to go with new sig­nage.

“These are two very ex­cit­ing projects for the Alpine re­gion that cater for all abil­i­ties, begin­ners and ex­pe­ri­enced dare devils,” Ms Symes said.

“The Alpine re­gion is renowned for its beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings and peo­ple like to en­joy the out­doors in this part of the state, so I am sure these new in­vest­ments will be well utilised.”

The grants were awarded through the State Government’s Com­mu­nity Sports In­fra­struc­ture Fund.

Talk­ing about the Din­ner Plain pro­ject, Alpine Shire mayor Cr Ron Janas said se­cur­ing the fund­ing has been a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity ef­fort.

“It’s some­thing the moun­tain bike rid­ers up there have been af­ter for some time, and now that we’ve got this ex­tra fund­ing we’ll be on track to de­liver that,” he said.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful place up there, and it will hope­fully boost the econ­omy.”

Sharon Plum­mer, who has been ac­tive in the push for an im­proved Mt Beauty skate park was ex­cit­ing by the fund­ing an­nounce­ment.

“Plans have been drawn up for some time, and we were just wait­ing for the money to be­come avail­able,” she said.

“When it is fin­ished, it will be some­thing unique in the area, a ma­jor fea­ture in the skat­ing world which we hope will at­tract high-pro­file skaters and events and be a real draw­card for the town.”

Both events will take place from 3pm to 4pm and will in­clude an ad­dress from the chief com­mis­sioner along with com­mu­nity and stake­holder en­gage­ment, fundrais­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, emer­gency services dis­plays and a bar­beque and af­ter­noon tea.

HELP­FUL: Moun­tain bike rid­ing will be­come even more pop­u­lar at Din­ner Plain with funds se­cured to build new trails at the alpine re­sort. By JUSTIN JENVEY

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