Overview

Overview

Background

The Warburton Mountain Bike Destination project is centred around the township of Warburton and would include construction of 44 new mountain bike trails totalling approximately 186 km. The trails would occur in groups located in slightly separate areas extending across the forested slopes of Mt. Donna Buang, Mt. Little Joe and Mt. Tugwell, within the Yarra Ranges National Park and two State forests.

As part of the project, a new Visitor’s Hub (main trail head) is proposed at the Warburton Golf Course, with the existing carpark to be upgraded to accommodate a nominal 177 cars, a new shelter, and four or five wash bays to be used by mountain bike riders. Three other trail heads are proposed: a new area located on top of Mt. Tugwell, off Mt. Bride Road which will include a carpark, a bus turnaround bay, toilet and picnic area; another at Mt. Donna Buang trail head which will include upgrades to the existing carpark, toilet and picnic area, and lastly the establishment of parking and connecting trails at Wesburn Park.

Process

Scoping Requirements

The Department has prepared Draft Scoping Requirements for the Environment Effects Statement (EES). The Draft Scoping Requirements set out the matters to be investigated and documented in the EES.

Public submissions may be made on the Draft Scoping Requirements up to midnight on 21 September 2020.

Submissions may be emailed to environment.assessment@delwp.vic.gov.au or posted to Impact Assessment Unit, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, PO Box 500, East Melbourne VIC 8002.

After considering public submissions on the draft scoping requirements, the Minister for Planning will issue final scoping requirements.

Consultation Plan

Yarra Ranges Council is preparing a consultation plan for the EES, outlining the opportunities and approaches for its community engagement during the preparation of the EES. The plan will be refined following advice from the Department and the Technical Reference Group and when completed will be published on this web page. The consultation process may be adapted or modified to meet changing community needs and requirements.

Technical Reference Group

The Department has convened an inter-agency Technical Reference Group (TRG) to advise the proponent and the department, as appropriate, on scoping and adequacy of the EES studies during the preparation of the EES, as well as coordination with statutory approval processes.

The government organisations represented on the Technical Reference Group are:

  • DELWP -Impact Assessment
  • DELWP- Port Phillip Region (biodiversity)
  • DELWP - Planning
  • Aboriginal Victoria
  • Heritage Victoria
  • Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation
  • Parks Victoria
  • Melbourne Water
  • Department of Transport
  • Environment Protection Authority

Technical Reference Group representatives are supported by internal experts on specific aspects of the EES studies.

Minister's Decision EES required

On 21 May 2020 the Minister for Planning required Yarra Ranges Council to prepare an environment effects statement under the Environment Effects Act 1978 to assess the potential environmental effects of the project.

Minister's Reasons for Decision (PDF, 78.8 KB) or (DOCX, 9.0 KB)

EES Procedures and Requirements (PDF, 93.4 KB)

More information

If you have any questions or feedback, please get in touch via the contact details below.

Proposed Warburton Mountain Bike Destination Project queries:
Yarra Ranges Council
Phone: 1300 368 333
Email: mail@yarraranges.vic.gov.au

EES process queries:
Impact Assessment Unit
Phone: (03) 9392 5503
Email: environment.assessment@delwp.vic.gov.au

Documents

Project documents