Victoria is experiencing widespread flooding, impacting many communities across the state.
The trails and emergency access tracks within La Larr Ba Gauwa have been heavily impacted by the recent weather events.
The park has been temporarily closed for public safety. Physical barriers and signage may not always be in place. For your safety and the safety of emergency services you should avoid parks and forests. You should remain cautious of changing weather conditions and the impact this can have on trails, tracks, water crossings and trees.
The volunteer committee is working hard to assess and record damage to the trails and emergency access tracks. This may take some weeks.
As soon as they can, the committee will start to respond to the damage where they can, and seek funding to assist repair the significant damage resulting from the severe weather when that becomes available.
The goal is to assess and repair sites so that they can be safely opened to the public.
We will continue to keep you updated when emergency tracks and trails become accessible.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Mountain bike riding involves a high degree of personal risk and should be undertaken with care and regard for the riding conditions at all times.
For the safety and enjoyment of all users, the following code of conduct applies:
Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
Know your ability and ride within your limits.
The Harcourt mountain bike trails must be ridden in an anti-clockwise direction.
Inspect all trails, jumps and technical trail features before proceeding.
Look out for slower riders. Be aware that walkers and horse riders also use the Park.
Anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Let your fellow park users know you’re coming – a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods.
Stay within the Park boundaries and do not trespass on private property.
Respect the environment
Stay on the existing mountain bike trails, do not take short cuts and do not create new trails.
Avoid skidding as it damages the trails.
Look out for wildlife, including snakes.
Take your rubbish with you.
Keep your bike clean to reduce the spread of weeds.
Respect trail closure signs. Do not ride on closed trails.