THE new world-class bike trail La Larr Ba Guawa Park in Harcourt was open on Friday, just in time for the Labour Day long weekend.
The Park is two kilometres east of Harcourt and adjoins Mount Alexander Regional Park.
It includes 34 kilometres of trails that take advantage of the site’s stunning views and granite landscapes. It caters to riders from beginners to advanced, with technical features that will have riders returning again and again.
As well as a variety of trails, the well-signposted park also includes toilets and a meeting shelter.
Mountain bike riders will park in Harcourt and access the Park via a newly constructed off-road path.
Minister for regional development Jaala Pulford joined minister for energy, environment and climate change Lily D’Ambrosio and Bendigo members Maree Edwards and Jacinta Allan to open the park to mountain bike riders.
The project is expected to increase the number of visitors to the precinct to 25,000 visitors per year in 2018.
Within the next five years, the precinct is expected to attract 100,000 visitors a year and create 57 jobs in the visitor economy.
Ms Edwards said the project will help to put Harcourt and central Victoria on the map as a new mountain bike destination of choice.
“It will build on the popularity of the Goldfields Track,” she said.
Annual visitor spending is expected to reach $2.4 million in 2018 and increase to $9.8 million after five years.
The project is also projected to spark private sector investment in bike related services and the hospitality sector.
The state government invested almost $2.5 million towards the project.