FEBRUARY 2020 MOUNTAIN BIKE UPDATE
Mountain Bike Update
There has been plenty of progress in the mountain bike space, with both Collie and Dwellingup trail projects progressing well. New trails are going down and contracts for significant parts of both projects will out for tender soon. Outside of the trails themselves, work is underway on to position WA as a mountain biking destination with everything from branding to long term maintenance and sustainability models being developed. To stay up to date with these two projects head over to MTBWA.com.au which is regularly updated with the latest information and you can subscribe to updates.
The Collie Adventure Trails project will shortly see the commencement of more trail development in the Arklow Forest block. An additional 12km of trail will see a number of recently constructed trails link up to make a more connected network. Contracts for this work will shortly be awarded with work to commence in the coming months. Final approvals are underway for the commencement of the first stage of the 65kms of trails in Wellington National Park with construction set to begin prior to Winter this year. The first stage will see 22km of new trail built in Wellington National Park. In addition to the trail building, a massive amount of work is also underway on the supporting infrastructure that will make Collie a must-visit Trail Town, including a new suspension bridge over the Collie River which is expected early in 2021.
More information can be found HERE.
Collie will be holding a range of mountain bike events this Labor Day Long Weekend. For more information head to the Collie Labour Day Festival Website HERE.
We are now past the first 6 months of the three-year plan to develop Dwellingup as a significant Trail Town, with plenty of development either completed or nearing completion. The Murray Valley trails at Lane Poole Reserve have seen an additional 10kms+ recently completed including two additional climbing trails (green and blue) with the blue trail forming part of the new Murray Valley Trails XCO course. This adds to the five kilometres of descending trails completed last year. Further to this, another 17kms of new trail to complete the Murray Valley network is currently out for tender with an expected completion date in October 2020. A 5.1km realignment of the Munda Biddi Trail onto new single track is also now complete meaning more single track for Munda Biddi riders and the Murray Valley network of trails. and. A suspension bridge over the Murray River to link the Dwaarlindjirraap picnic site and access to the river with the trails. The bridge is expected to be complete by early of 2021.
In addition to the trail development, the Dwellingup National Trails Centre is being built by the Shire of Murray and is on track to be open and ready for business in mid-2020. Parks and Wildlife and the Shire of Murray are working on an expression of interest (EOI) for operators for the Trail Centre and in Lane Poole Reserve to utilise this space and provide services for visitors. An EOI will be out soon. The Dwellingup National Trails Centre includes showers, lockers, laundry, bike wash and many other facilities that will make Dwellingup a great mountain biking and trails destination. There are also reports that the new pump track is getting a good workout and proving to be a popular spot for locals and visitors alike.
More information can be found HERE.
Following the release of the Goat Farm Concept plan in 2019, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), the Shire of Mundaring and Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) are working towards the detailed design stage of the Goat Farm redevelopment. The Goat Farm Steering Committee will be reforming from next week to help guide this project and we look forward to sharing more details in the near future.
Planning to establish mountain bike trails in Fremantle’s Booyeembarra Park has progressed to the next phase.
Fremantle Council voted in May this year to explore the idea of creating mountain bike trails in Boo Park and committed to conducting a land use compatibility feasibility study.
As a result the council has now agreed to progress to the next phase in the process, which will involve developing a mountain bike trail concept plan, liaising with the state government on environmental requirements and identifying potential funding partners.
The proposal put forward by the Fremantle Mountain Biking Collective was to establish a number of trails with varying degrees of difficulty running from the eastern ridge of the park towards Stevens Street, serving as a purpose-built skills park.
The Booyeembarra Park Reference Group has previously been consulted and is supportive of the proposal being developed further.
A budget of $24,000 for the mountain bike trail concept plan was included in the City of Fremantle’s 2019/20 annual budget.
Progression beyond the concept planning phase will be subject to gaining sufficient construction and operational budget through the council and grant funding partners.
MTB National Championships
The National MTBA Championships are set to be held in Bright Victoria between the 11th – 15th March. The MTB National Championships are open to anyone and you don’t need to be part of a State Team as with some other disciplines. In consultation with the mountain bike community a decision was made that we would select a State team, however, individuals would make their own travel arrangements to attend the event. A big thank you must go to Tony Tucknott for leading the process of selecting the State representatives and an announcement will be made very shortly on those who’ve successfully been selected.
The 2020 Mountain Bike event calendar has been updated and is available on the WestCycle website. It’s looking like a jam-packed calendar so there is no better time to jump on and lock your weekends in before life gets in the way. Check out the calendar HERE.