Council will lobby for funding for Warburton's mountain bike hub after it agreed the project would provide a tourism boost for the region.
Council adopted the Warburton Mountain Bike Feasibility Study at its May 26 meeting.
It resolved to allocate $500,000 to the project towards planning, design and construction while it lobbied for further funding for construction. In May 2013, Council engaged World trails to investigate the feasibility of developing Warburton as a mountain biking destination in Victoria.
It found that creating a mountain bike hub would attract new business, visitors and tourism to the Warburton area.
It proposes four separate zones offering diversity in mountain bike experiences and catering for all abilities. The development of between 62 and 97.5km of new mountain bike trails would complement existing trails and nature based walks.
The project is estimated to cost up to $4.4m but provide an economic benefit of $23.67m per year.
During its first full year, it is estimated that the trail network at Warburton could attract 130,000 mountain bike visitors.
The next step will be setting up a working group to take the project forward.