Doc­tor’s warn­ing on su­gary break­fast

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - BRAD PETERSEN DARYL PASS­MORE

TAS­MA­NIA is un­der­go­ing a tourism revolution on two wheels, with La­trobe the lat­est re­gional town look­ing to cash in on the grow­ing de­mand for cy­cling ad­ven­tures.

Ken­tish and La­trobe coun­cils, in the state’s North­West, have in­vited ten­ders to complete the first stage of the Wild Mersey Moun­tain Bike Trail.

The aim of the project is for a 100km net­work of of­froad trails link­ing La­trobe, Rail­ton and Sh­effield.

The first stage is 30km, in­volv­ing War­rawee Re­serve near La­trobe, Rail­ton and a link­ing trail from War­rawee to Rail­ton.

A joint busi­ness case devel­oped by the coun­cils says the full Wild Mersey trail, three stages in all, could at­tract as many as 138,000 vis­i­tors a year and in­ject $6.88 mil­lion an­nu­ally.

“It’s a very ex­cit­ing project,” La­trobe Coun­cil Mayor Peter Freshney said.

“We have seen the suc­cess this sort of thing has had in Derby and we be­lieve this has sim­i­lar po­ten­tial.”

Derby, a min­ing and agri­cul­tural town in Tas­ma­nia’s north­east, has been rein­vig­o­rated by the Blue Derby moun­tain bike trails, which opened in 2015.

The town is now a tar­get des­ti­na­tion for the cy­cling ad­ven­ture crowd and the trails sup­port busi­nesses and jobs in ac­com­mo­da­tion, hos­pi­tal­ity and bike hire.

The town­ship of May­dena, in the Der­went Val­ley, has also be­come a cy­cling tourism hotspot since the open­ing of its net­work of trails.

Tas­ma­nian Gov­ern­ment fig­ures show over the past five years there has been a 57 per cent rise in vis­i­tors to the state par­tic­i­pat­ing in cy­cling and moun­tain bik­ing. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Ken­tish and La­trobe, fea­tur­ing coun­cil of­fi­cials and busi­ness peo­ple, vis­ited Derby on Fri­day.

“It’s a real eye opener what has been achieved there,” Cr Freshney said.

“La­trobe is al­ready a vi­brant cen­tre but this trail will be an added at­trac­tion to get peo­ple to come to not only La­trobe, but to Rail­ton and to Sh­effield as well.”

Cr Freshney said there had been strong sup­port from busi­nesses in the re­gion as well as in­ter­est from peo­ple look­ing to start new ven­tures, such as bed and break­fasts or cy­cling out­fit­ters.

He said the project was not just about tourism but cre­at­ing an off-road cy­cling net­work for the com­mu­nity. Trails would cater to all lev­els, from fam­i­lies to ad­vanced rid­ers.

“There is the tourism as­pect but this will also be a recre­ational and health as­set for the whole com­mu­nity; that’s very much a part of what we’re try­ing to achieve,” Cr Freshney said.

A Ken­tish Coun­cil spokesman said con­struc­tion of Stage 1 was sched­uled to start by Septem­ber and open by the end of March 2019.

Stages 1 and 2 of the Wild Mersey Moun­tain Bike Trail will get $1.2 mil­lion in sup­port from the State Gov­ern­ment.

Tas­ma­nian Pre­mier and Min­is­ter for Tourism Will Hodg­man said moun­tain bik­ing com­ple­mented the Gov­ern­ment’s vi­sion of en­vi­ron­men­tal tourism.

“There is great po­ten­tial for Tas­ma­nia to de­velop a net­work of moun­tain bike ad­ven­tures to at­tract do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors, and we are well on our way with the amaz­ing tracks that have al­ready been devel­oped,” he said. GEN­ER­A­TIONS of us have grown up with the mes­sage that break­fast is the most im­por­tant meal of the day.

But a Queens­land can­cer sur­geon says that morn­ing bowl of ce­real could be help­ing to kill you.

Bris­bane-based la­paro­scopic and col­orec­tal spe­cial­ist Dr An­drew Re­naut says the large soft drink man­u­fac­tur­ers and the mak­ers of su­gary ce­re­als carry a moral re­spon­si­bil­ity for con­tribut­ing to the obe­sity epi­demic and killer dis­eases such as can­cer and car­dio­vas­cu­lar prob­lems.

He claims the se­crets to good health are skip­ping break­fast, con­tain­ing daily food in­take to a six or sev­en­hour win­dow, and keep­ing gro­cery shop­ping to the first cou­ple of aisles in the su­per­mar­ket.

“We have all been lied to by big busi­ness about why we put weight on and how you get rid of it,” he said.

Al­most two-thirds of Aus­tralians are over­weight or obese and Dr Re­naut says there is an un­de­ni­able link be­tween obe­sity and in­creased lev­els of some com­mon can­cers, in­clud­ing bowel and breast, as well as heart at­tacks, strokes, di­a­betes and Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

The main cul­prit, he claims, is not fat in foods but sugar and the re­fined car­bo­hy­drates found in most pro­cessed foods.

And he sug­gests giv­ing pro­cessed ce­re­als a miss.

“They will pack­age it up as be­ing healthy — and there’s no doubt whole grains have ben­e­fits, not least fi­bre — but most have a sig­nif­i­cant amount of sugar added.”

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is will also be a recre­ational and health as­set for the whole com­mu­nity, that’s very much a part of what we’re try­ing to achieve. LA­TROBE MAYOR, PETER FRESHNEY

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