Maydena projects nod
Quarry, adventure plans approved
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.