Wangetti Trail a boon for re­gion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

AN am­bi­tious new moun­tain bike trail from Palm Cove to Port Dou­glas could even­tu­ally pump more than $10 mil­lion each year into the re­gion’s econ­omy.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil­lors yes­ter­day re­ceived an up­date about the Wangetti Trail project – a planned 76km moun­tain bike track that would show­case some of the most spec­tac­u­lar views in Far North Queens­land.

An eco­nomic study and con­cept plan crafted by Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil and Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil es­ti­mated the trail would at­tract 28,000 riders and walk­ers each year.

The study found the trail would cost about $21.25 mil­lion to build and cre­ate 74 new jobs.

It would also pump $10.4 mil­lion di­rectly into the lo­cal econ­omy each year.

The re­port says the so­cial and eco­nomic ben­e­fits to be gained from the project would far out­weigh any upfront cap­i­tal costs to build it.

“It is be­lieved that the Wangetti Trail will be­come a na­tional icon,” the re­port says.

The coun­cil re­port rec­om­mends a project work­ing group be formed con­sist­ing of of­fi­cers from Dou­glas and Cairns coun­cils as well as state gov­ern­ment of­fi­cers, tra­di­tional own­ers and other rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers.

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