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Creswick Pumped to Ride

The Hammon Park Pump Track is now open to the public.

Mary-Anne Thomas MP, Member for Macedon, officially opened the Pump Track on Tuesday, much to the delight of enthusiasts.

Evan King CEO Hepburn Shire, Mary-Anne Thomas Member for Macedon and Cr Don Henderson Mayor of Hepburn Shire.

”It is almost a year to the day since the funding agreement was signed,” Ms Thomas said.

“When I here last year to turn the sod and talking about the pump track and rail trails, I am amazed to learn that it is all about momentum and physicality  on the bike  to get yourself around – how much fun.”

Ms Thomas added  this was the beginning of a larger project,  a 100 kilometre track built through plantation forest and goldfield area.

“Why does the State Government invest in projects like this?  Why are we so committed? Why did we sign a cheque for $2.55 million?  Because we know that this investment will leverage private sector investment, it means jobs in the regions,” she said.

“We estimate this  project will deliver an additional 30 jobs over the life of the project and into the future because it will bring tourists from near and far.”

Chris Chatham President of VOGA.

President of the Villages of the Old Goldfields Association (VOGA) Cycle Club, Chris Chatham, said that while the club was based in Creswick it incorporates the villages of the Goldfields.

“We have some big plans, this helps us achieve that,” he said.

“It’s really great to see this development happening.  We have an event happening in May, which has been granted a tier 2 national level, this is the Brackenbury Challenge, which has been a club event and has been given a slightly higher status.

“So it’s already happening and word is already getting out and in the weeks gone by I have had people drive out from Melton to have a look at the Pump Track.”

Mr Chatham said the track would become a hub for mountain biking and cycling, in general, and the club couldn’t wait for work to begin on the trail.

The Creswick Trails Network is expected to attract  around 80,000 visitors annually.