Happy trails planned
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.