04 Aug Club Statement Regarding Mystic Park, Bright
Following the recent announcement by Alpine Community Plantation (ACP) about the potential closure of Mystic Park, Bright, the Alpine Cycling Club provides the following statement for its members:
The Alpine Cycling Club was shocked and very disappointed to learn that the park’s future is in doubt, due to concerns raised by the plantation manager, HVP.
Mystic Park is a hugely valuable asset to Bright and to our club. It is a place of enjoyment and recreation for our members and the wider community, and a World-Class event space at which we’ve held significant events including recent Australian National and Oceania MTB championships.
We are deeply concerned about the devastating financial and social impact any partial or full closure of the park would have for Bright, North-East Victoria, and the wider Australian cycling community.
ACC members deeply value the park as a mountain bike destination, and the contribution it provides to our local community is invaluable.
ACC appreciates the efforts HVP have made to date to allow Mystic Park to operate. Our club has a long and active history with Mystic Park, having worked closely with ACP, HVP, and the Shire in the park’s development and its ongoing maintenance.
The Alpine Cycling Club is absolutely committed to working with ACP/ HVP and the Alpine Shire to find a suitable resolution to keep the park open.
We appreciate the complexity of the situation and understand that changes to park operations may be required. However, we are very hopeful that a suitable solution can be found which will see the park remain open for our members, the community, and our town’s visitors to enjoy.
We will continue to communicate with our members as this situation evolves.
We encourage club members with constructive comments and feedback to contact the club’s executive so that we can include members’ thoughts into our discussions with ACP/HVP/Alpine Shire.