Alpine Shire Council will take over the licence for management of Mystic Park in Bright following last night's Ordinary Council Meeting.
29 November 2023
At the meeting, Council authorised CEO, Will Jeremy, to finalise negotiations and sign a ‘Licence for the Management of Organised Recreational and Educational Activities on Hancock Victorian Plantations' (HVP) Land in the Alpine Shire’ - being approximately 400 Hectares that encompass Mystic Park.
The agreement will be for an initial five years, with the option for a further term of five years.
Alpine Shire Mayor, John Forsyth, said it was a fantastic outcome for the community and is the culmination of a vision that started a decade ago.
"This is a moment to celebrate the original vision and achievements of the founders of Alpine Community Plantations (ACP), and now moving into the next era of mountain biking in Bright," Cr Forsyth said.
"Mystic Park has exceeded all expectations in terms of its economic benefit to the community, and ACP has created an asset that has helped Bright and the Alpine Shire become a destination for mountain bike riders."
Cr Forsyth acknowledged the community's contribution to Mystic Park over the past 10 years, including the volunteers involved from Alpine Cycling Club, North East Victoria Hang Gliding Club, and Bright and District Chamber of Commerce.
"Everyone who has been involved in the creation and operation of Mystic Park over the years have been foundational to the success that has been delivered for the community, and I congratulate them all," Cr Forsyth said.
HVP General Manager Northern Region, Mick Evans, said HVP welcomes Council's support for the future of Mystic Park.
"We look forward to continuing our work together.
"This will ensure appropriate governance and operating arrangements are in place for the long term sustainability of this valuable community asset," he said.
"We also take this opportunity to extend our appreciation and thanks to all volunteers of Alpine Community Plantations and associated community groups, whose vision and contributions have driven the Park’s success of the past decade."
Cr Forsyth said from here, Council will begin the Expressions of Interest (EOI) process to engage a suitably qualified operational partner
"We will be looking for a professional operator that will continue to enhance the mountain bike park for residents and visitors, with a view to providing a more holistic business opportunity," Cr Forsyth said.
"In the meantime, ACP will continue to manage the park until an operator is identified and appointed, and we appreciate the ongoing commitment of the volunteers."
Council will keep the community updated on the outcome of the EOI process.