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Friday, 6 October 2017

LA LARR BA GAUWA PARK PROPOSED NAME OF HARCOURT MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK

Members of the community are invited to provide feedback about two naming proposals related to the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said La Larr Ba Gauwa Park is the proposed name for the former Mt Alexander plantation on which the mountain bike trails are being constructed.

“Work is well underway on building 34 kilometres of mountain bike trails on the former pine planation east of Harcourt township,” said Ms Edwards.

“The Harcourt Mountain Bike Park Community Reference Group sought suggestions from Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation about a name for the Park.

“La Larr Ba Gauwa was suggested by Dja Dja Wurrung as it means stones and mountain in the Dja Dja Wurrung language. 

“This name acknowledges the special significance of the area to the traditional owners.”

Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation CEO Rodney Carter said giving the Park a Dja Dja Wurrung name acknowledges the significant cultural heritage of the site.

“Using Dja Dja Wurrung language is not just an honour but it also places my people back into the landscape again,” Mr Carter said.

“The support by the wider community to want this to happen shows how mature and brilliant we all are as a people.”

The Harcourt Mountain Bike Park is currently under construction.  It is due to open in early 2018 and will include 34 kilometres of mountain bike trails catering to all levels of riders.  The park will be accessible via a trail connecting it to Harcourt and will include a meeting point and toilets.

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