Trail a step closer

Trail a step closer

East Gippsland Shire Council has awarded the contract for the Omeo Mountain Bike Trail Masterplan to Biosis Pty Ltd at the Council meeting held on Tuesday May 7.

Mayor, Cr Natalie O’Connell, said the $4.5 million project will boost the Omeo region economy and attract international events and ensure Omeo is an adventure destination into the future.

“The Omeo Mountain Bike Trail is an important project for the region and this milestone will progress the project for the community,” Cr O’Connell said.

“Council would like to thank the Omeo Steering Committee for their hard work and dedication to the project so far.

“Tourism, particularly nature-based and experiential tourism is a key strength of our region. Adventure sport is a growing sector and is something East Gippsland is uniquely placed to take part in, with the region covering both High Country terrain and coastal areas.”

Federal Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, welcomed the awarding of the contract.

Mr Chester, who delivered $1.5 million in Federal Government funding for the construction of the mountain bike trail, said the awarding of the contract was a major project milestone.

“I am looking forward to the development of designs for the trail and construction getting underway on this important project,” Mr Chester said.

“I secured Federal Government funding for the first stage of the project, which includes design and construction of the first seven mountain bike trails and associated infrastructure. This funding will also go towards detailed track design for stage two.

“The Omeo Mountain Bike Trail has potential to create long-term jobs in the region by turning historic Omeo into a year-round attraction for visitors, particularly those seeking adventure.

“Already, the town receives a tourism boost during the snow season. The mountain bike trail will draw more people into the high country throughout the year to experience the natural beauty of the region.

“More visitors will increase demand on local businesses, particularly those in hospitality. I hope this important piece of tourism infrastructure will lead to new enterprises to meet the specific needs of riders, creating more local jobs.”

A feasibility study was taken in 2017 which showed the trail will have positive economic impacts for the region. Council has budgeted for $1.5 m with the remainder of the $3 m funding coming from both state and federal government – Building Better Regions.