Boddington Mountain Bike Trail Project

Project Overview

In 2019 the Shire was successful in obtaining funding from Royalty for Regions via Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development for the Hotham Park Redevelopment. The funding also included provision to undertake preconstruction activities for a Regional Project to complement the Peel Regional Trails Strategy 2019. The Peel Trails Strategy 2019 reflects the aspirations of the five local governments in the Peel region to guide future trails development in a collaborative approach to support increased visitation.

 As a result, the Boddington Mountain Bike Trail was confirmed as the Regional Project successful for funding with $102,000 allocated to engage a trails consultant to undertake preconstruction activities. The scope included:

  • a site assessment comprising a desktop, flora and fauna, heritage and disease risk assessments;
  • concept planning;
  • corridor evaluation; and,
  • detailed design.

The project scope does not include construction.

The location of the Boddington Mountain Bike Trail is the site of the Boddington Water Reserve, on the corner of Bannister-Marradong Road and Newmarket Road. This area has sometimes been referred to as the Williams Reserve Trail. At this point in time the land is owned by the Water Corporation and is in the process of being transferred to the Shire, but there is a license agreement in place to enable provision for Mountain Biking. This agreement expires in September 2024 or until the land transfer to the Shire is finalised. The most recent update from Water Corporation is the transfer is progressing well with the Department of Lands, Planning and Heritage.

Why is this project taking place?

The establishment of a Mountain Bike Trail Network in Boddington was identified as a priority in the Peel Trails Strategy, and again by the community in the 2022 - 2032 Council Plan.

The need to undertake this project is driven by:

  • recommendations made in Peel Trails Strategy
  • community interest in trails as identified in the 2022-2032 Council Plan
  • a lack of quality trails in Boddington

Next Steps

In order to ensure the project meets the needs of the community, the Shire is creating a project steering group with key stakeholders including Traditional Custodians, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Water Corporation and community representatives with an interest and knowledge in mountain biking and trails.

Expressions of Interest for the project steering group closed 22 December 2022.

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