Community Meeting - Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who came along to our information session on 11 September 2019.

The Creswick Town Hall played host to nearly 100 people who were keen to have a conversation about the Trails Project.

The Creswick Trails Team is finalizing the draft trails alignments (where the trails will go) as we speak. Before we can make that public, we need to obtain permission from the land managers as the Creswick Forest is not owned by Council. We are collaborating with the land managers - Parks Victoria, DELWP, Hancock Victoria Plantations and Central Highlands Water- and hope to be able to share more detail about the project shortly.

We are working to the following indicative timeline:

  • November 2019 - Approval from all land managers obtained.

  • December 2019 - Community Information Session

  • December 2019 - Release of map showing where the trails are proposed.

  • December 2019 - Application for planning permit for construction of Trails.

  • February 2020 - Community Information Session

  • March 2020 - Construction tender released.

  • April/May 2020 - Community Information Session

  • Mid - 2020 Construction Begins pending contractor availability

NOTE: This timeline is indicative and may need to change to accommodate the planning process.

If you want to receive email updates on the project, please reach out to Alison, Project Manager at abreach@hepburn.vic.gov.au

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Pump Track Open

The Pump Track at Hammon Park in Creswick was officially opened in February 2019 by Mary-Anne Thomas MP, Cr Don Henderson (Mayor) and riders from VOGA (Villages of the Old Goldfields). The Pump Track is one part of the Creswick Trails Project which will deliver a purpose-built mountain bike trail network, made possible by the $2.56 million funding from State Government. The Pump Track has been drawing steady crowds of riders and onlookers since its opening.

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Hammon Park Masterplan Finalised

The Hammon Park Master Plan has been finalised after a series of consultation sessions, an online forum and community feedback.

Changes to the Master Plan as a result of community feedback include:

  • A reroute of the bike path to between the toilets and the hall to avoid impacting car parking at the hall

  • Contingency plan for main car park to block circular traffic movement if required (speed humps)

  • Narrowing of entrance to main car park to direct head lights and traffic further north down Moore St and slow traffic turning right out of car park

  • Installation of Local Traffic only sign beyond car park entrance heading south on Moore Street

  • Arboreal inspection of large dying cypress between Moore St and car park.

We thank community members who have provided feedback and helped shape the finalised plan.

Click here to download a copy of the Master Plan

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Stage 1 Trails Confirmed

Stage 1 trails have now been confirmed. Stage 1 will include around 26Km of trail that will link the trailhead at Hammon Park to St Georges Lake and then onto the RACV resort. Environmental studies and reports will now be conducted in order to obtain the planning permit. HSC staff worked closely with Parks Victoria and HVP Plantations to define a route that would avoid all those areas known to be ecologically and historically significant so we are confident the the planning permit will be nothing more than a formality.

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Common Ground Awarded Contract

Common Ground Trails from Western Australia have been the successful tenderer for the Hammon Park Pump Track. 

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About Common Ground

Common Ground Trails was founded by David Willcox. David had a desire to influence the mountain bike trails sector with his professional experience in the architecture and planning industries from which he originates. Common Ground Trails has delivered numerous pump track projects, several of which have been with asphalt and has become one of Australia’s leading expert consultancies. 

Progress & Timelines

Work continues on the Master Plan for the park. The project team is working towards a September construction on the pump track which will be a great start to what will become an amazing recreation asset for Creswick. The timeline for the Pump track is as follows: 

  • Detail Design - July
  • Procurement- August
  • Construction- September

After a meeting with the residents of Moore St it was agreed that a revised plan would be developed that moved the car park away from the Eastern boundary of the park to the Western boundary. It was also agreed that it would be preferable if the entrance and exit to the park would be on the Water Street to minimise traffic and disruption to residents. Addressing these requirements is currently underway. 

Hammon Park Masterplan

With Hammon Park identified as the location of the trailhead, an opportunity to re-imagine the space was opened up. As a former cricket oval and a long history of sporting activity, Hammon Park is going to benefit from being revitalised as the trailhead and activity centre of the Creswick Trails project and continue its tradition of being a great outdoor sporting asset for Creswick.

Working in conjunction with local designers and the Project Reference Group, a masterplan has been developed that will guide the future development of Hammon park. Initial stages of development will focus on the pump track and parking, but as further funding becomes available other features of the plan will be implemented. 

The Project OurSay page is here: https://oursay.org/creswicktrails

Check it out the masterplan here: https://oursay.org/creswicktrails/hammon-park-updates

General discussion page is here: https://oursay.org/creswicktrails/general-project-discussion

 

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Project Kick-Off

The Creswick Trails project has been recently kicked-off with the formation of a Project Governance Group and the community-based Project Reference Group (PRG). Creswick locals have been involved in the scoping of stage 1 trails through collaboration with the project team and trail builders. A proposed stage 1 trail network will connect Hammon Park to St Georges Lake and the RACV resort, constructed to suit beginner/family focused riders.

In addition to the trail field work, a trailhead concept has been developed and presented to the Project Reference Group for comment and input.  Based on the PRG’s feedback, a final design will be established so that construction on the Pump Track (located at Hammon Park) can commence.