Respect the Mountain

Bicycle Tasmania has been contacted by the Mt Wellington Park Ranger to advise that a track from Grays Fire Trail, Wellington Park to the Pipeline Track south of Silver Falls, via private property and Hobart City Council property, will shortly be closed.  The reasons are:

- It has been cut/built across privately owned property without the landowner’s permission

- It has been cut/built within Wellington Park without approval

- Unauthorised track construction jeopardises Park values and the amenity and safety of Park users. (The Park values are protected by Regulations which provide for hefty penalties).

- This environment is home to sensitive communities of flora and fauna, including threatened species and sites of aboriginal and European cultural heritage; this is why proper surveys are done before track work is authorised.

Unfortunately, the rehabilitation work will be costly and time consuming: using valuable resources which would otherwise be used for maintenance and construction of approved tracks in Hobart’s bushland reserves including Wellington Park.  If you are interested in growing the MTB track network, keep reading to find out how you can get informed and involved.

Information about Regional MTB Track Planning

Last year the Wellington Park Management Trust, the Hobart City Council, other adjoining local councils and MTB riders collaborated to prepare the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Masterplan. The plan highlighted a number of opportunities to better provide for MTB riding in the greater Hobart region. 

MTB Track Building opportunities

The Hobart Trail Groomers are actively looking for riders to help build and maintain tracks in the Meehan Range and Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park. Find them on facebook or via DirtDevils and other websites.

The Wellington Park Management Trust and the Hobart City Council ask all riders to respect track development processes which are already in train and which will benefit everyone if allowed to run their course.  A large number of riders have cooperated with land managers in the track planning process and their assistance has been greatly appreciated.  For any further information you can contact the Wellington Park Ranger, Ben Masterman, on 0408 517 534, or the Hobart City Council Bushland Project Officer, Richard Greenhill, on 6238 2886.

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