New mountain bike trail for the Peninsula

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With the completion of a new bike trail at Arthur’s Seat and Rosebud soon to be home to a new youth hub, the Mornington Peninsula community is set to enjoy a new modern, accesssible home as well as have more participation of bikers.

The expansion of the thirteen-kilometre trail network, which attracts around 120,000 riders per year, was completed by trail builder, Trailscapes, and will provide more opportunities to meet increasing rider demand.

It will enable increased participation, reduce trail congestion, and improve both connectivity and user experience at the popular mountain biking destination, an official press release said.

The new trails cater for all riders, ranging from beginner to advanced, including families and recreational riders. The trails also meet International Mountain Bicycling Association standards.

Local Government and Suburban Development Minister Shaun Leane and Member for Nepean Chris Brayne on Wednesday announced Mornington Peninsula Shire Council will receive $4.3 million towards the new Southern Peninsula Youth Services Hub from the Growing Suburbs Fund.

One of the largest investments in the fund’s history, the hub will be a new, modern and accessible home for a wide range of different services and programs, with a strong focus on mental health support, advice and counselling.

They also visited four new mountain biking trails at the Arthurs Seat State Park trail network and viewed upgrades at the site. This project was funded through the community led Pick My Project program in 2018, an official press release said.

Since its establishment in 2015 the Growing Suburbs Fund has facilitated $913.2 million in local infrastructure, created more than 8,880 jobs and supported 253 projects across Melbourne’s fastest-growing areas.

This includes $23.5 million for19 projects in the Mornington Peninsula, including the new Flinders Civic Hall and Mornington Community Hub.

The Arthurs Seat mountain biking trail is one of more than 230 successful projects supported through the government’s $30 million Pick My Project initiative in Victoria. The southern metropolitan region received more than $3.6 million in funding through the initiative.


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