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Update - Thursday 14 October 2021

While the community session to be held at The Hill in September was not able to take place due to covid-19 restrictions, 14 people did take up the opportunity to have a one-on-one chat with one of our recreation team members. Very valuable insights, feedback and ideas were shared with us about the future of The Hill during these conversations and we thank everyone for their participation.

The Summary Report of the community feedback gathered over the past few months is now available for you to review, you can find it in the document library on this page.

Feedback from the conversations and from the survey earlier this year will now be considered by the organisation to identify any possible opportunities for improvements to The Hill in the short to longer term.

A further update is anticipated in late November.

Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback during this engagement, you contributions are really valued.

Update - Friday 27 August

Unfortunately with the uncertainty of the current lockdown we are cancelling the sessions planned for Saturday 4 September.

We really appreciate everyone's interest in mountain bike riding and The Hill Mountain Bike Park and those who had booked to attend a session have been offered an opportunity to have a phone conversation to talk about the feedback results with our team instead.

We will also be sharing the feedback results on this page, in early to mid-September so everyone will have an opportunity to provide further thoughts via the page online.

Update - Wednesday 17 August

We are pleased to share that we are now able to re-schedule the community session. Current covid-19 restrictions will limit our numbers per session, but we will aim to provide enough sessions so that everyone who wishes to be involved can be.

Community members who registered for the session are now invited to book a time at one of four sessions to be held at The Hill on Saturday 4 September, 2021.

Engagement session is planned under current covid-19 restrictions and could be re-scheduled if restrictions change or if it looks to be very wet weather.

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Update - Friday 30 July

Contributions to the survey posted on this page has now closed. Thank you to everyone for your feedback.

We will now collate the contributions and analyse the feedback to share with community and the upcoming in-person session at The Hill Mountain Bike Park when the session is reschedule.

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Update - Monday 19 July

Due to the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to host the in-person engagement session scheduled for this Saturday 24 July.

We aim to reschedule the event once restrictions are eased. In the meantime, this online engagement and survey will remain open for feedback.

Background

We're seeking feedback from bike riders, their families and any interested residents about opportunities to improve and enhance the Hill Mountain Bike Park, located at the corner of Fyans St and Shannon Ave in Newtown.

Feedback submitted will inform future planning of open spaces in the region as part of our commitment to delivering facilities which support healthy communities.

A recent assessment of bike tracks and jumps has identified a number of makeshift jumps and structures throughout the region.

To reduce the risk of injury, jumps and structures at tracks along the Deviation in Fyansford and at Zillah Crawcour Park will need to be removed whilst we continue to look for more opportunities to encourage and support outdoor physical activity for all ages.

We know that many young people are involved in bike riding and understand that this may be disappointing to some community members who have created and used these makeshift bike tracks and jumps, however, public safety needs to be our top priority.

We appreciate there is interest from the community to create additional facilities for mountain bike and BMX riders in the region, particularly for more advanced users. We are interested in hearing about your experiences of using the nearby The Hill Mountain Bike Park in Newtown.

How to have your say

NOTE: Contributions to this survey have now closed.

Please complete the survey below, and if you are interested in being involved in further engagement about improving the Hill Mountain Bike Park, leave your details in survey.

A face-to-face session with bike riders was to be held at the Hill Mountain Bike Park from 11.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday 24 July but has been postpone. a new date will be posted here as soon as restrictions allow.

PLEASE NOTE - Current covid-19 restrictions will limit numbers, if you wish to attend please register via the survey below and add your email address so we can contact you about session times.