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Wheels set to move on Warburton Mountain Bike Trail

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will provide $3 million towards the construction of the first stage of the Warburton Mountain Bike Trail which will get more people active and provide an economic boost for local businesses in the Upper Yarra.

State Member for Eildon Cindy McLeish and Shadow Minister for Environment Nick Wakeling have today announced that up to 97km of new mountain biking trails will be created in the Upper Yarra when the Trail project is complete.

Once completed the Warburton Mountain Bike Trail is expected to attract 130,000 new visitors to Warburton every year.

This project is supported by the Yarra Ranges Council.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Environment, Nick Wakeling:

Shadow Minister for Environment Nick Wakeling said regional communities like Warburton were attractive destinations for domestic and international tourism.

“Cindy McLeish has been working hard as a strong advocate for this project and so I am proud to be with her today to announce the Liberal Nationals will make it happen.

“Construction of the trail will position Warburton as the mountain bike capital of Victoria.”

Comments attributable to Member for Eildon, Cindy McLeish:

“Yarra Ranges Council has long identified the need for an economic driver in the Upper Yarra with businesses in the region needing a boost.

“This project will deliver significant benefits and is expected to lead to the creation of up to 175 jobs and an estimated $23 million boost to our local economy.

“This project provides the opportunity for employment and tourist growth in the Yarra Ranges, and will help ensure Warburton is a destination for serious mountain bike riders and families across Australia and from overseas.

“This is welcome news for the local community which has driven the proposal.”

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