Happy trails planned

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

CREAT­ING a mountain bike precinct in the Perth Hills is top pri­or­ity in a plan re­leased by the State Govern­ment.

Pre­pared by West­Cy­cle with fund­ing from Lot­tery­west and the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife, the draft Perth and Peel Mountain Bike Mas­ter Plan 2016- 2026 rec­om­mends build­ing 575km of mountain bike trails across 24 sites.

It lists the Hills precinct as the high­est pri­or­ity and said it had the op­por­tu­nity to be­come “the Perth and Peel Region’s promi­nent mountain bike recre­ation desti­na­tion”.

The de­vel­op­ment would com­prise at least 120km of trails and mul­ti­ple trail hubs and cen­tres within Kala­mun- da, Beelu, Korung and John For­rest na­tional parks, He­lena Val­ley, Green­mount and Kala­munda re­serves, Mundy Re­gional Park and Green­mount State For­est.

The plan said the area could at­tract in­ter­state vis­i­tors in­ter­ested in mountain bike rid­ing.

Dwellingup and Wun­gong were also iden­ti­fied as high­pri­or­ity sites, while a trail hub was rec­om­mended in the Swan Val­ley and net­works sug­gested in the Avon Val­ley and Chid­low.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob said mountain bik­ing was one of the fastest grow­ing recre­ational pur­suits.

“The plan iden­ti­fies the mountain bike ex­pe­ri­ences these re­gions offer while fos­ter­ing greater com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion and pro­vid­ing tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said.

“De­vel­op­ing in­ter­na­tional mountain bike des­ti­na­tions ca­pa­ble of pro­vid­ing a mul­ti­tude of eco­nomic, tourism, en­vi­ron­men­tal, health, so­cial and com­mu­nity benefits.”

Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Mia Davies said the plan was the re­sult of de­tailed as­sess­ment and con­sul­ta­tion, and in­cluded a re­view of ex­ist­ing mountain bike trails, in­fra­struc­ture, events, tourism and com­mer­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties. To view the plan or comment by Jan­uary 24, visit web­site west­cy­cle. org. au.

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