On track for new cycle facilities

Cycling is on the agenda for Brimbank following the adoption of the Ardeer Green Activity Hub Master Plan: Cycle Sports Facilities 2015.

The master plan outlines a vision for the Forrest Street Reserve site in Ardeer that includes:

  • A one kilometre long and eight metre wide criterium circuit;
  • A small, single track cross country Mountain Bike circuit;
  • A recreational or competition BMX track;
  • Dirt jumps/pump track; and
  • A bicycle hub made from shipping containers.

Chair of Brimbank Administrators, John Watson said that, subject to funding, once the project was completed the Ardeer Green Activity Hub is expected to become a key cycling facilities destination in Melbourne’s West.

“This project will fill a gap in the provision of recreational facilities like this is Brimbank, as there have been no new cycling facilities on the cards in the municipality up until now.”

Community Feedback
There was a great community interest in the draft master plan which was made available for community review and feedback earlier in 2015.

“About 50 community members attended the consultation event held on site in May and a total of 63 responses to the draft master plan were received voicing overwhelming support for these facilities,” Mr Watson said.

“There was strong support from cycling and BMX groups who have also expressed interest in using the site as their base once the facility is built.

The master plan is a partnership project between Brimbank City Council, the Department of Health and Human Services, City West Water, Melbourne Water and VicRoads, which owns about half of the site.

Once complete, facilities at Ardeer Green Activity Hub would be available to the local community for family-based opportunities, and also provide for skill development and club events.

The facilities could lead to one or more clubs being based at this location, with opportunities to promote it as a regionally-significant destination.

Next Phase Starts 2016
The next phase of the project is design development, which is planned to occur in 2016. When design in completed, Council would be in a position to pursue state and federal government funding opportunities.

The resources required for this project will be referred to Council’s annual budget process for consideration, in addition to funding being sought from other levels of government.

The cost of the project is estimated to be about $5.1million