Hornsby MTB Trails Up­date

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Cycling Series - By Su­sanna Mills

OMV is of­fi­cially open!

Hornsby Coun­cil and North­con­nex have kept their word to the com­mu­nity, re-open­ing most of the cus­tom-built MTB trails (cre­ated by pro­fes­sional trail builders, Syn­ergy Trails) near the old quarry. Trails have been im­proved, linked by sub­ways un­der the con­veyor belt and steep fill-truck ac­cess road. It is re­ally in­ter­est­ing to take a breather on the steep TAFE side of the trails and look down upon the hive of North­con­nex ac­tiv­ity.

Coun­cil is also re­view­ing the un­of­fi­cial, com­mu­nity-built trails of Westleigh (aka H20) and, fin­gers crossed, there may be some ex­cit­ing news about that in the near fu­ture.

Since the of­fi­cial open­ing on 13 De­cem­ber, 2017 by Mayor Philip Rud­dock, thou­sands of of­froad cy­clists, some trav­el­ling from as far as New­cas­tle, have been en­joy­ing these two small MTB trail net­works. The new Old Mans Val­ley (OMV) trail ac­cess ramp be­low the TAFE is prov­ing very pop­u­lar with moun­tain bik­ers from sur­round­ing sub­urbs who are leav­ing the car at home. Dur­ing school hol­i­days it is won­der­ful to see how many lo­cal teenagers and pri­mary school kids are now cy­cling at OMV and liv­ing life, in­stead of watch­ing it go by on a screen.

Sadly, the Quarry Road fire trail re­mains of­fi­cially closed to all BVNP trail users, thanks to ri­fle range bosses. NSW Govt (OEH) cut bud­gets to our Na­tional Parks, so there’s ‘no money’ to build QRT de­tour trails (or build and main­tain any bush trails gen­er­ally) for tax­pay­ers to ex­plore our vast Na­tional Parks on foot or bi­cy­cle. But, bil­lions of dol­lars are lav­ished on toll roads and sta­di­ums… enough said.

Re­gen­er­at­ing OMV is a sound in­vest­ment in ratepay­ers’ qual­ity of life and the lo­cal re­gional econ­omy. It’s not just off-road cy­clists who are ben­e­fit­ting ei­ther. OMV is a per­fect ex­am­ple of how au­thor­i­ties and com­mu­ni­ties can work to­gether to trans­form an en­vi­ron­men­tal eye­sore into a valu­able as­set. With Syd­ney MTB trails de­vel­op­ment and land ac­cess look­ing rather grim back in 2017, it is ab­so­lutely mar­vel­lous to share this very good news in 2018!

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