BMX and bike parks proved a popular choice with the government awarding more than one million dollars in grants to community bike projects.
The Victorian Government’s community grants initiative, Pick My Project gave communities the power to nominate and vote on projects that were important to them.
As part of the initiative, the Victorian Government announced that it will spend $30 million in total on 237 projects, with funding divided equally between Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Grants of between $20,000 and $200,000 were given out to a range of community-focused projects.
While more than 30 bike projects were nominated, eight were successful in their bid of funding. Many of the successful bike bids focused on improving or expanding regional BMX tracks and bike parks.
The successful bike projects included:
- Ballarat-Sebastopol BMX Track surfacing upgrade - $200K
- Footscray Community Bike Shed - $100K
- West Footscray Bike Track for Kids - $100K
- Plenty Gorge Park mountain bike trail program - $195K
- Expansion of mountain bike trails at Arthurs Seat State Park - $196
- Big Hill Mountain Bike Park Community Facilities - $200K
- Mitta Valley Mountain Bike Park - $169K
- Ballarat High School’s Bikes for Everyone - $27K
Minister for Suburban Development, Lily D’Ambrosio told The Age that Pick My Project was a Victorian first.
“Communities have really backed the projects that mean the most to them,” she said.
“It’s the very first time that this has ever been done, giving power to local communities to decide on the projects that are right for them.”
With bikes central to happy and healthy communities, Bicycle Network wants to thank those who nominated and voted to ensure that bike-specific projects were funded.
In the lead up to the election, the Pick My Project initiative has been a great way to show governments that bikes are important to communities and the people that live in them.
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