May­dena projects nod

Quarry, ad­ven­ture plans ap­proved

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - SIMEON THOMAS-WIL­SON

THE con­struc­tion of moun­tain bike trails and a hard rock quarry, both near May­dena, have been ap­proved by the Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil.

The coun­cil voted on de­vel­op­ment applications for one part of Si­mon French’s May­dena Ad­ven­ture Ex­pe­ri­ence at Ea­gles Eyrie and for a quarry at Roberts Hill at its meet­ing on Thurs­day.

The de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for the May­dena Ad­ven- ture Ex­pe­ri­ence, for works to con­struct moun­tain bike trails, was unan­i­mously adopted by the coun­cil while the quarry was passed by five of the eight coun­cil­lors, with two vot­ing against it and one ab­stain­ing.

Der­went Val­ley mayor Mar­tyn Evans said they would both be im­por­tant de­vel­op­ments in the area.

“They are two ma­jor de­vel­op­ments, dif­fer­ent de­vel­op­ments but ma­jor ones,” he said.

“It was pretty pleas­ing to see them get through.”

Part of the State Govern­ment’s ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est process for tourism in na­tional parks, the May­dena Ad­ven­ture Ex­pe­ri­ence will be run out of the old May­dena pri­mary school site — closed in Novem­ber 2013 — while also us­ing the va­cant Ea­gles Eyrie nearby.

As part of the orig­i­nal plan for the $6.5 mil­lion Eyrie, a fu­nic­u­lar train was pro­posed to take vis­i­tors to and from it.

But the scheme was aban­doned as be­ing too ex­pen­sive.

Now rather than go­ing up, it’s all about go­ing down at the site.

The Ad­ven­ture Ex­pe­ri­ence will of­fer more than 60km of descend­ing trails for all abil­i­ties, and will boast the big­gest ver­ti­cal drop in the south­ern hemi­sphere, run­ning 830m from the Eyrie to base camp.

It will also tout a range of sup­port­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as sight­see­ing and eco-tourism.

Mr French’s com­pany Dirt Art posted on their Face­book page af­ter the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion that they hoped to start con­struc­tion on the trails soon.

“We can’t wait to get our con­struc­tion teams on the ground to start work on th­ese in­cred­i­ble wilder­ness trails,” the post read.

The quarry, pro­posed by Jenk­ins Hire and Stroud, is slated for an area 2km west of May­dena.

It could po­ten­tially ex­tract 20,000 cu­bic me­tres of agri­cul­tural-grade lime a year. It has been ap­proved by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Author­ity.

Both ven­tures will both be accessed by Roberts Rd at May­dena.

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