Council appled for funding for this project from the State Government's Interface Council's Infrastructure Fund, along with other projects in the Shire. This initial funding request was unsuccessful.
Council has recently tendered various aspects of this project, with Cox Architecture being awarded the initial investigation works. Cox Architecture have recently undertaken some consultancy with local businesses as part of these project works. Cox Architecture included Thomas & George P/L as a local consultant partner in their successful tender submission. This Warburton Mountain Biking Project project will result in a tourism bonanza for the Warburton area, with an expected $20 million dollars injected annually into the local economy and proposed 175 jobs created.
Thomas & George last year submitted a submission in support of this project with Yarra Ranges Shire Council, and we would encourage the State Government and/or Federal Government to also support funding for this project, which will significantly advance tourism and employment opportunities in the Upper Yarra Valley area.
I have undertaken surveys in the Warburton area for nearly 20 years, the terrain and landscape surrounding the town is perfectly suited to the establishment of a first class Mountain Biking destination, that will likely attract both day & overnight mountain biking enthusiasts. We also consider this project can be undertaken in an environmentally sensitive manner.
Yarra Ranges Council should be congratulated on this project initiative, and we hope that the Labour State Government and/or Federal Gornement will allocate funding to this project to proceed, given the future financial benefits will generate a substantial financial return to the local community from this initial funding investment.