Doctor’s warning on sugary breakfast
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.”
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