West Coast mountain bike project
The West Coast Economic Working Group has released more detail on proposed upgrades to mountain bike tracks in the region. The document is available for download here and submissions can be made before 5:00 pm on Friday, 19 December.
In October 2014, the Tasmanian Government allocated $1.21 million towards the development of a suite of mountain bike trails as part of a package of measures designed to help diversify the west coast economy.
With its legacy of disused tramways and tracks from past mining and forestry activities, Zeehan will be the hub for the project.
The project aims to showcase the unique landscapes and natural and heritage values of the region, taking riders through majestic rainforest, past spectacular waterfalls, under towering cliffs and across sweeping heathlands. The experiences should be well suited to riders of all abilities including those in the easy to intermediate range with a number of trails that are flat or of easy gradient.
The west coast mountain bike project is supported by the Trails Tasmania Strategy (2009) and the Tasmanian Mountain Bike Plan (2010). It is also supported by the Tasmanian Industry Council Tasmania’s recent Reimagining Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage report (September 2014), which recommends an improved mountain bike trail from Cradle Mountain to Strahan.
The west coast experience will complement and support other high profile mountain bike trails such: as the North-South and Meehan Range in Hobart; Blue Tier, Derby, Hollybank, Kate Reed and Trevallyn in the north east; and Penguin on the north west coast.