Stage One of the Creswick Trails Project will see 60 kilometres of mountain bike trails constructed in the bushland near the town centre of Creswick. The Trails Network will feature a variety of ride experiences designed as a series of stacked loops all connecting to a central spine.
Since the close of the engagement on the draft trail alignments closed in mid 2020, the team has been conducting a series of detailed site based assessments to catalogue, analyse and review the proposed project site. This information and the community feedback has been used to revise the trail alignments. This design process has now been completed and, pending final formal approvals, will progress to community engagement and planning permit in the first quarter of 2021.
Hammon Park will serve as the trailhead for the Creswick Trails Network. Council has recently adopted a masterplan for the space. Please click here to view the plan.
Find out more
If you have questions about the proposed Creswick Trails and plans for Hammon Park, Council invites you to join an information session to ask questions, discuss details, and get a better understanding of this multi-million dollar project.
Council will host public information sessions:
- Drop in Session – Saturday, 10 April 2021 from 11:00am-1:00pm at Hammon Park
- Community Open House – Thursday, 15 April 2021 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Creswick Town Hall.
- Drop in Session – Wednesday, 21 April 2021 from 6:30-7:30pm at the Ballarat Mechanics Institute
- Community Open House – 29 April 2021 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Creswick RSL at 60 Albert St, Creswick
Hammon Park Pavilion EOI
We are inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from local businesses or community organisations, associations or clubs for a licence or licences to use the Hammon Park Pavilion located at the Hammon Park Recreation Reserve in Creswick.
If you are interested in making a submission or would like additional information, please email email@example.com in order to receive the full EOI Information Pack. The EOI will close at 5pm on Friday 7 May 2021.
Stay in touch - Expressions of Interest
During April 2021, Council will be inviting user groups, community organisations or clubs to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the licensed use of the Hammon Park Pavilion.
If you would be interested in participating in this EOI, please email your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you with more information when the EOI is launched.
Creswick Trails Network Stage One – Release of Stage One Trail Alignment Maps and Design Documentation
From 8 March through to 21 April, Council will be engaging the community in a conversation on the Creswick Trails Network Stage One, including the final Stage One trails map, a suite of reports detailing how the cultural, historical and ecological heritage of the area has been considered and documentation showing how feedback from previous rounds of community engagement has been used to progress the trails design.
These documents also form the basis of the planning permit application to construct Stage One Trails that will be lodged in this month (March 2021).
Once constructed, the Creswick Trails Network will offer a continuous network of mountain bike trails set in a variety of landscapes. Once complete, the Creswick Trails Network will offer a high-quality mountain bike network suitable for adaptive riding, families and a variety of local riding experiences.
As part of our community engagement on the draft or Concept Trail Alignments in early 2020, we heard that some in the community had concerns about the potential impacts of the trails on the natural environment, particularly in the Regional Park. Others said they wanted the trails network built as soon as possible. This feedback, in addition to detailed assessments, have led to changes being made to the project.
In preparation for submitting a planning permit, the trails in the Creswick Trails Network have been assessed by ecologists, cultural historians, heritage advisors and traditional owners to determine a route with the highest quality experience and the lowest impact.
There have been some changes to the Creswick Trails Network that have been incorporated as a direct result of community feedback and site-based assessments. These changes include:
- Due to the sensitivity and complexity of the lands in the project area, the Creswick Trails Network will be constructed in two stages with Stage One being a network of 60 kilometres of diverse and exciting trails north of Melbourne Road.
- Only Stage One will progress to planning permit application at this time. This will allow Council to progress part of the network more quickly while more work is done on the Stage Two trails.
- Trails have been removed from the area around Cosgraves Reservoir due to the ecological significance of the land as a vegetation offset area and the consideration of the areas use in potable water supply.
- Trails that pass closest to the Humbug Hill heritage area have been placed in Stage Two and will be the subject of future assessment and engagement.
Please visit www.creswicktrails.com/progress to view the maps and documents and learn how you can get involved.
If you have any questions on either the Creswick Trails Network or Hammon Park, please contact the Project Manager, Alison on email@example.com or click here to be added to the mailing list for updates.