Natural and cultural area protected near Grampians
Monday 27 July, 2020
Illegal mountain biking trail closed at Black Range State Park
Parks Victoria staff have dismantled a 500-metre long illegal mountain-bike trail at the Black Range State Park, west of the Grampians.
The trail appeared to have been constructed over the June long weekend near the Mudadgadjin Aboriginal place, a location that includes a significant rock art shelter.
A crew of nearly 20 staff dismantled ramps and timber jumps and rehabilitated terrain and vegetation on the illegal trail. While working, the crew maintained physical distancing and hygiene requirements at all times.
Mountain biking is permitted on designated vehicle tracks in most parks and reserves across Victoria. At Ararat Regional Park, Parks Victoria is a partner in the development of the Ararat Hills Mountain Biking Trail, a project that will create a 50km trail network.
The Black Range State Park protects native plants and wildlife on rugged terrain in Victoria’s west. Part of the Gariwerd cultural landscape, the park contains important natural and cultural values. Off-road biking and the creation of new tracks can damage the environment and Aboriginal cultural heritage, cause erosion and spread weeds.
The illegal trail is being investigated and substantial fines apply. Anyone with information, or who witnesses prohibited activity in a park or reserve, is encouraged to contact Parks Victoria or Victoria Police.
Visitors to parks and reserves are reminded that physical distancing requirements remain in place, and that people must practise good hygiene, keep a distance from others and stay home if unwell.
Quotes attributable to Rhonda McNeil, Area Chief Ranger–Parks Victoria:
“The Black Range State Park protects a special landscape, and off-road mountain-biking and the creation of illegal tracks can damage that landscape.”
“With so many designated roads and tracks available for legal mountain bike riding there’s no excuse for this type of activity. Anyone caught will face penalties under the National Park Regulations.”