SurfCoastTG

 

What is the GMBC Surf Coast Trail Group

We are a group of passionate local trail riders and runners who aim to promote trail use in the Anglesea / Eumeralla area. We are a subcommittee of Geelong Mountain Bike Club inc. consisting of approx 12 members with over 2000 trail users following via Facebook and free newsletter updates (subscribe HERE).
 We are keen to have the support of as many trail users as possible. The larger our group, the louder our voice will be. 
Our goals are to act as a trail advocacy and maintenance group and to liaise with the various land managers in order to retain a varied and interesting trail network in the area. When and where permission is granted, we will endeavor to keep the network well maintained and sustainable for the enjoyment and safety of users. We will favourably promote MTB riding and trail running as healthy, environmentally responsible pastimes that carry significant local economic benefits.

Resources

Eumeralla (Anglesea) MTB Trail Map

The Eumeralla Trail Map courtesy of Parks Vic is now available. It's free and available for download on your smartphone using the free Avenza Maps App - https://www.avenzamaps.com. This map has a gps layer so it will show you exactly where you are on the network - all offline usage once downloaded so no internet connection required. Simply use the search term "Eumeralla" and download the one titled "Eumeralla Visitor Area Otway National Park". We don't have an official pdf version of the trail map but have reconstructed one that can be used HERE

Background 

Over the past two decades, the surf coast region has become a very popular recreational destination particularly for mountain biking and trail running that are both very rapidly growing sports worldwide. In the absence of any formal single track in our region and no systems in place to develop that, illegal single track has been formed over this time. In the Eumeralla area, an extensive and very popular single track network slowly developed. In late 2012, Parks Victoria commenced an audit of these trails that are bounded by Hurst Rd, the Great Ocean Rd and the Eumeralla Scout Camp. Dirt Art, a team of mountain biking trail designers, was employed by Parks Vic to assess the trail network and to put forward a proposal to Parks Victoria for consideration about its future. The SCTG formed to give local mountain bikers and runners a voice in this process. 

The Eumeralla area involves multiple land managers including Parks Victoria, Eumeralla Scout Camp, Great Ocean Road Coastal Committee, Surfcoast Shire & Alcoa. A large majority of the single track sections are found in the Great Otway National Park which is managed by Parks Victoria.  This area was formally known as Eumeralla Flora Reserve (hence the trail networks’ name) and was gazetted as a National Park in 2004.

Current Projects (updated Dec 23, 2016)

1. Eumeralla Trails Formalisation: After a lot of work, formalisation of the trails on Parks Vic managed land occured in late 2016 to finally provide Anglesea with legal single trail. Maps of the network are currently being checked and uploaded online and trail signage will soon be placed. We are now working closely with Parks Vic and other community groups to commence much needed trail maintenance.  

2. Alcoa Coal Mine Future Land Use: The closure and rehabilitation of the Alcoa Coal Mine has created a unique opportunity for the creation of trails in this area. We believe that it has huge potential to link the many areas of trail on the surf coast and we have submitted a formal proposal seeking such an outcome that we believe would have significant local health & wellbeing, social and economic benefits. We're continuing to work closely with Alcoa through their public consultation process and outcomes of the area are expected to be announced in the mid-latter part of 2017. Community information and feedback meetings are held in Anglesea every 2nd month and all members of the public are welcome to attend. Full details of the process and future meetings can be found HERE

3. Surf Coast MTB Strategy Plan: We are currently working in partnership with the Anglesea Bike Park Committee in the hope that we can develop a "Surf Coast MTB Strategy Plan" in collaboration with Parks Vic, DEWLP, Surf Coast Shire and ourselves. As many will know, the region has progressively become a key MTB destination with hundreds of kilometres of trail and fire road being used. Recently the "Growing Adventure Tourism in the Barwon Southwest Region" project outlined a number of suggested strategies for the region but there is currently no mechanism to turn those recommendations into realities. We hope that such a plan will provide that missing link.  

 

What you can do to help?
 
Please help us to extend our voice!

  • Like our Facebook Page.
  • Get friends to sign up to our free newsletter HERE
  • Watch out for any future working bees - sign up to receive notifications of these HERE.
  • When riding in the Eumeralla area please adhere to the standard MTB riding principles:

            •          Keep to the established tracks
            •          Don't make new trails
            •          Take home all litter
            •          Follow signage
            •          Minimise wet weather riding
            •          Respect other trail users
            •          Don't ride through camping areas in the scout camp.

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Contacts

Tony Smales 0409 225 733

Brett Coleman 0438 434 260 or Email surfcoasttrailgroup@gmail.com