Council Announce Ground Truthing Progress on Mt Donna Buang

Imagine 1,000m of descending over 36.4km on Mt Donna Buang. YRMTB have been involved from the beginning, advocating to bring this vision to life.

Richard Morrell of Cox Architecture  Source: Yarra Ranges Council

Richard Morrell of Cox Architecture

Source: Yarra Ranges Council

An exciting exploration is underway on Mt Donna Buang’s summit that will help realise a project many mountain biking thrill seekers have been waiting for…

Yarra Ranges Council is working with Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Cox Architecture to undertake ground truthing works on the mountain to plan an iconic trail called Drop A K Trail.

Drop A K is one of the many new mountain bike trails and connections being planned as part of the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination.

It will feature 36.4 kilometres of epic wilderness riding, and as the name suggests, its one kilometre vertical descent will get the adrenalin running  and have mountain bike enthusiasts clamouring from the four corners of the globe to taste a slice of the action.

Ground truthing works are an important step in the project’s development, helping ensure the trail’s alignment is correctly located to protect what is a very special environmental and cultural area.

Yarra Ranges councillor and member of the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination Project Reference Group Jim Child said plans for the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination, as well as the Yarra Valley Trail which is also being planned, were more than just about creating recreational opportunities and attracting visitors to the Yarra Ranges.

“These trails will also help raise awareness and respect for what is a unique and beautiful environment – one that we all deeply care for and want to protect,” Cr Child said.

“Ground truthing works like this will continue throughout the development of the trail projects to ensure that experts help guide the trail alignment so that the protection of the environment remains a key priority.”



Source: The Majority of this article was copied from the Yarra Ranges Council News post.

Joe Hallahan