Yarra Ranges Mountain Bikers AGM

Hi there everyone!

At the end of August will be the Yarra Ranges Mountain Bikers AGM and general meeting.

Sunday 24th August.
Lilydale Lake Community Room, 435 Swansea Rd, Lilydale.

AGM kicks off @ 6.00pm for committee elections. This is also the perfect time to renew or become a financial member of YRMTB. Being a financial member gives you a legitimate voice on the goings on with Mountain Biking in the Yarra Ranges. The more financial members we have, the bigger the voice and the better that is for MTBking in the Yarra Ranges!!

From 7.00 we have a panel show called “Warburton Cycle Hub- how can we make it happen”. Speakers from World Trail, Parks Victoria, Dept of Environment and Primary Industries and Yarra Ranges Council will be there. These speakers are the governmental movers and shakers behind the Warburton Cycling Hub. They will have plenty to say about the hub and there will be time for Q&A, so get those questions ready.

Drinks and food supplied by YRMTB.

Everyone is welcome. Come along and find out what exciting times are ahead for MTB in the Yarra Ranges.

See ya’ll there!!

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Having your say

Hi there everyone.

There’s been a lot of talk about this proposed MTB hub to be set up in Warburton and a lot of questions asked and suggestions made.
We all know you can go here:  Warby MTB Hub
to have a say about the study, and how great it’s going to be, but what other ways can you actually make a difference to your local trails and Mountain Biking in general around the Yarra Valley??
Well, the best way to get your voice heard is to join the Yarra Ranges Mountain Bike advocacy group. This group is not a club, they are a cycling loving group that liaise between the public and local government agencies to give YOU a voice.

It costs just $20 a year to be a member and the membership fee pays for club members to attend trail building seminars, produce documents to present to local agencies, helps support trail maintenance and finance the costings associated with getting YOUR voice heard when it comes to YOUR local trails.

So if you want to have your input over the Warby MTB Hub and many other MTB issues in the Valley, I strongly urge you to become a member.
The more members we have, the stronger the voice.
To become a member, click the following link to download the membership form. YRMTB
Or, come on into Cog, fill in a membership form and pay here. You’ll also receive a free YRMTB sticker to slap on your car/bike/head!!

Happy riding!!


 

Warburton MTB Park Feasibility Study; calls for comment.

Hi everyone.  As you may, or may not know, there is a proposal for a world class quality Mountain Bike Hub to be built in the Warburton area. This proposal has been in the works for several years, and just last week the Yarra Ranges Council unanimously passed the motion that it be put out for public comment.

This proposal needs YOUR comment.

Here’s the crux of it:

There will be XC, AM, DH and linking trails built, to suit all levels or riders and abilities.

This proposal has the support of the Yarra Ranges City Council, Parks Victoria, the Department of Primary Industries, Yarra Ranges Mountain Bikers, Warburton CEDA and Warburton Advancement League. The combined support of which has never been seen in Warburton!

Construction cost up to $4.2 million dollars.

Economic benefit for surrounding areas $23.63 million dollars per year.

Could attract up to 130,000 visitors a year.

Create 175 jobs.

 

and here’s the best bit

 

Up to 97km of new trails would be created in four separate zones linked by the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail and O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail.

 

Please follow the link button below and send your comments to the email at the bottom of it.

Comment Link Here

 

The whole feasibility study (325 pages) is also on the link page.

 

The number of comments and variety of comment locations we get, will show the council that mountain bikers love to travel, but also that if a world class hub was built just 90mins from Melbourne CBD, that people would use it.

Public comment is only open for 8 weeks (closes Thurs 10th July), so I urge everyone to share, copy, paste, email, mail, fax, like, letter drop, and tell as many people as you can, or this extremely exciting project might not get the backing it requires.

 

Your comment does not need to be long, it just needs to show YOUR support. We all love to ride new trails!

 

Happy riding!!

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