Perth and Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan – will guide future strategic investment in mountain bike recreation, tourism and event development across the Perth and Peel regions of WA.
Perth Hills – John Forrest National Park
Launched in 2017, the PPMP has gained traction across the State Government arena. Through an invite to present at the 2017 Forum for Advocating Cultural and Eco-Tourism (FACET) conference, both WestCycle and WAMBA were provided with an opportunity to speak with the broader tourism community and perhaps even to quash some of the misperceptions that are around mountain biking and environmental impact.
The conference also provided the opportunity to meet with the new WA Parks Foundation who is uniting the community through a shared love for our WA Parks to protect and conserve them for our physical and mental health, and so they can be enjoyed into the future.
One of the major priorities for the WA Parks Foundation is the John Forrest national Park Renewal Project. The project plan includes the renewal and development of walk and cycle trails, including 20-30km of mountain bike trails to meet the growing demand from riders. Other projects can be viewed here.
Photo Credit: WA Parks Foundation
Perth Hills – Goat Farm Redevelopment Project
The development of the Concept Plan has commenced for the Goat Farm Redevelopment Project. The aim of the project is to develop an easily accessible, high quality, sustainable mountain bike park that provides opportunities for multiple styles of mountain biking through recreational riding and competitive events.
The plan will pave the way for the development of Perth’s premiere urban mountain bike park with opportunity for high impact trails such as a pro jump line, XCO race course and much more.
A workshop was held in August 2017 to gain insights and guidance from the community. The Concept Plan will be finalised early March and presented to the Steering Committee. Once the Plan has been completed, the project will move into the next stage of investigating funding opportunities.
Peel – Dwellingup National Adventure Trails Centre Project
In late 2017 the Dwellingup National Adventure Trails Centre Project received funding under the Building Better Regions funding scheme. The announcement of $1,279,129 in Federal funding is a 50 percent contribution to match the Shire of Murray in transforming the Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre into a national standard trails hub.
Shire President Maree Reid said “This project is something council is fully supportive of, particularly as the trails market is very lucrative,” she said.
“This building upgrade, the adjacent adventure park development and the future State Government trail upgrades will create 59 full-time equivalent jobs.”
The Shire has also planned for a major skate park, pump park, adventure playground, increased barbecue and playground equipment and is also planning to relocate the unused Hotham Valley turning platform and pedestrian rail bridge from Pinjarra to Dwellingup.
Photo Credit: Dwellingup Community Compact