New council to provide boost for cycling?

A new peak body has been formed in the local region Mount Alexander Cycling (MAC) comprising the major cycling organisations in the shire, and other groups with a strong interest in cycling. 
MAC’s members include the Castlemaine Rocky Riders Mountain Bike Club, Castlemaine Cycling Club, CycleSafe, Newstead Walks & Wheels, Castlemaine-Maryborough Rail Trail Inc and The Maldon Classic.
MAC wants to see Mount Alexander Shire become an active cycling community, providing excellent opportunities for recreational, commuter, and competition riding, for a wide range of cycling abilities. The group say this would have substantial health, environmental, economic (tourism and cost-effective transport) and social benefits.
MAC recently sent a brief survey to candidates for the Mount Alexander Shire Council elections, asking whether they supported a range of activities to improve conditions for cycling in the shire and thus encourage more people to ride, more often. See the Mail for the full story.

Lisa Dennis
Editor of the Castlemaine Mail newspaper and senior journalist on our sister paper the Midland Express. Over the last 24 years Lisa been proudly reporting news in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges communities.