Event name: Industry Mountain Bike Day
Location: Dwellingup Trails and Visitors Centre
Marrinup Street, Dwellingup WA 6213
Arrival time and date: 9:45am, 14 October 2022
Contact on the day: Tim Swart, Director Recreation and Camps, 0427 088 371
Audience: Attendees will include State and Local Government officers and key stakeholders aligned with outdoor recreation outcomes
Dress: Smart Casual (if riding, suitable clothes)
Order of proceedings: 9:45am Arrive Dwellingup – morning tea provided
9:30am Bike fit outs
10:00am Welcome to Country – Maitland Hill
- Erin Gauntlett – DLGSC
- Robyn Clarke MLA, Member for Murray-Wellington
- Wayne Bradshaw – WestCycle COO
- Chris Tallentire MLA Thornlie _ Officially launch the Strategy
11:00am Pre-ride safety briefing
11:30am Commence ride, with breaks at trail landmarks
1:00pm Conclude ride. Lunch provided and further networking opportunity
MC: Glenn Morley, Manager Recreation – DLGSC
INDUSTRY DAY BACKGROUND
- The aim of the Industry Mountain Bike Day is to connect key stakeholders from local and State Government agencies with the outdoor recreation sector and demonstrate the broad community benefits of outdoor recreation.
- Outdoor recreation, nature-based tourism, and adventure recreation make a huge contribution to the health, well-being and happiness of individuals and communities in Western Australia (WA), and provide a significant contribution to the State’s economy.
- This event will be delivered in partnership between the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) and WestCycle and will incorporate the launch of the WA Mountain Bike Strategy 2022-2032 (supported by DLGSC and Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions).
- This year’s event will take place during Outdoors October and coincides with the Department of Transport’s WA Bike Month (October).
- Dwellingup was chosen to host the event to showcase the newly completed ‘town’ trails and demonstrate what can be achieved in regional towns through investment in outdoor recreation.
- The format for the Industry Mountain Biking Day will include a Welcome to Country, brief speeches, and launch of the WA Mountain Bike Strategy 2022-2032 which will conclude by 11:00am, followed by an optional guided mountain bike ride on some of the newly completed Dwellingup Towns Trails, and the Munda Biddi trail.
- The ride is suitable for beginner riders and will include short breaks for discussion around trail building, tourism, and other opportunities that can be generated from developing outdoor recreation activities.
- At the conclusion of the ride there will be a lunch for all attendees to provide further networking opportunities.
WA MOUNTAIN BIKE STRATEGY BACKGROUND
WestCycle with the support of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), has overseen the development of the WA Mountain Bike Strategy 2022-2032. This project was jointly funded by DLGSC and DBCA.
PURPOSE OF THE STRATEGY
The first edition of the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy was developed and implemented in 2015 and covered a five year period until 2020.
The original WA Mountain Bike Strategy 2015-2020 has been vital in helping the State Government understand the requirements and needs of the WA Mountain Bike stakeholder community and providing strategic guidance for the sector.
This record growth has been accompanied by record investment into new mountain bike trail developments, providing West Australians with more opportunities to ride, along with the potential to attract increased visitation to the State. The benefits that mountain biking provide at both an individual and community level are becoming increasingly recognised and continue to build the case for additional investment and development.
The purpose of this new WA Mountain Bike Strategy is to provide an updated strategic direction for mountain biking in Western Australia. It identifies the current and emerging key challenges and opportunities facing mountain biking and provides a series of strategies and supporting recommendations aimed at maximising the potential for social, cultural, economic, environmental, health and wellbeing outcomes for the State.
It seeks to maximise the opportunity for all Western Australians and visitors to benefit from access to an appropriate range of mountain biking experiences and will guide the sustainable development of mountain biking activities and associated trails infrastructure.
Through consultation with a range of key stakeholders, the recommendations in this strategy address key gaps in trail planning processes, sustainable governance and business models, increasing participation and increasing trail tourism and associated economic benefits.
Maitland Hill will be delivering the Welcome to Country.
Dwellingup is in the tribal region of WILMAN and is recognised as a sacred, spiritual dreaming place.
Download the WA Mountain Bike Strategy here