Fat Tyre Flyers have been in contact with Jason Wood, the Liberal Party member for the seat of La Trobe, with regards to offering to financially support the mountain bike trail network we are planning in conjunction with the Cardinia Environment Coalition (CEC), land managers of Beaconsfield Nature Reserve (BNR). If elected, Jason has pledged $150,000 towards the project, which is aimed at developing an environmentally sensitive trail network for cyclists and walkers to IMBA standards in the beautiful BNR, which incorporates the Beaconsfield Reservoir. The CEC allowed the FTF club restricted access to the reserve for last year’s 6hr Enduro, which worked most successfully. Having been taken on a tour through the BNR, we can assure you that the area is most appropriate for mountain bikes and will provide a stunning, intimate and natural setting.
The Fat Tyre Flyers mountain bike club is initiating this proposal because of our long association with the scout camp and relationship with CEC but the big picture vision is for Yarra Ranges Mountain bikers, Full Gas Peddlers, Dirt Riders Mountain bike club, Red Hill Riders and any other unaffiliated but interested riders to work together on this exciting proposal.
As has been proven countless times around the world, a beneficial outcome of a project such as this is the drastic reduction of “antisocial behaviour and associated levels of crime”, which the community local to the BNR would be most grateful for.
Jason Wood (http://jasonwood.com.au/about-jason/) served as the federal member for La Trobe from 2004 to 2010 and needs every vote possible return to office and make this happen, and we want this for the area very much indeed. If you live in the seat of Latrobe and are as yet undecided for whom you will vote, give a thought to the mountain biking community and the huge potential for growth in trails in the area.
Fat Tyre Flyers – Vice President XC
(Below is the press release from Jason Wood)
September 2, 2013
MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS TO RECEIVE A BOOST FROM THE GREEN ARMY
Beaconsfield Nature Conservation Reserve (BNCR) will be one of the first sites nationally to benefit under the Coalition’s Green Army program.
Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage, the Hon Greg Hunt MP today announced that a Coalition government will establish a trail network within the BNCR suitable for mountain bike riders and walkers.
The site is adjacent to the Officer scout camp and Lysterfield Park which is a well-known mountain bike destination.
If elected, a Coalition Government will work with Cardinia Environmental Coalition, local scout management and the wider community on a Green Army project to build an internationally approved staggered loop design mountain bike track system.
Jason Wood has been working with the local community on identify the best projects that will improve the environment and provide real benefits to the communities of La Trobe.
“This project is a great example of practical environmentalism, it combines the construction of sustainable trails, weed control and the preservation of heritage,” Jason Wood said.
“It will also provide an invaluable training opportunity for our local young people who will become part the first intake of the Green Army.
“Every participant in the Green Army will receive a training allowance, as well as gain valuable work skills and potential qualification in different areas of environmental remediation.
Jason Wood said he would work closely with community and environmental groups to ensure the precise scope of the project respected local environmental considerations.
“This is another example of my commitment to the environment in La Trobe,” Jason Wood said.
“Since the election was announced I have secured significant investments in the environment across the La Trobe electorate, including weed eradication, bushfire reduction and several Green Army projects.”
At the same time as improving the local environment, the Green Army will foster volunteerism, teamwork, local ownership and community spirit in the young people who participate.
The Coalition’s policy to build a 15,000 strong Green Army is part of our Real Solutions Plan to build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.