Wangetti Trail a boon for region
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.