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Alice Springs welcomes new world-class mountain bike trail network

Alice Springs welcomes new world-class mountain bike trail network
April 20, 2014

The Northern Territory Government is predicting that the opening of a new world-class trail network near Alice Springs could help the town become a drawcard for mountain bikers around the globe.

Backed by $150,000 of Northern Territory Government funding a series of new trails, constructed to international standards, have been built at the Telegraph Station.

Commenting on the trail network, Northern Territury Minister for Parks and Wildlife Bess Price explained “the new mountain bike trails are the perfect way to explore the beauty of Central Australia.

“The heart of Australia is renowned for its dramatic landscapes that provide the perfect backdrop for adventures like mountain biking. Many people who live here are passionate about mountain biking and now enthusiasts from around the world can experience the wonders of our region too.

“The trails have been developed with local expertise and whether you are a local or a visitor, have days to explore or just a few hours there is something for everyone.

“Two local workers from the Tangentyere Council were employed to help develop the 31 kilometres of trails, which will take riders through some of the Central Australia’s most stunning landscapes in an area rich with Indigenous and settlement history.

“The new trails are a part of the Giles Government’s plan to make our parks more accessible, inviting and a better experience for all.”

Northern Territory Minister for Tourism Matt Conlan said the Government has already started to promote the trails to potential holiday makers and mountain bike enthusiasts to boost tourism in the region.

Minister Conlan added “the Government has been working with the local Central Australian Rough Riders Club to promote a new mountain bike event, Easter in the Alice, which will be the first event using the new Telegraph Station trail network.

“This event has already attracted over 40 interstate riders while the Ingkerreke Commercial Mountain Bike Enduro in May will also bring more visitors to Alice Springs helping to establish the Centre as a must-visit destination for mountain bike riders.”

The four new trails have been given traditional names for local animals in the area by the reserve’s joint management partners, the Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation. The names are: Ilentye (Galah), Arrwa (Black-footed Rock-Wallaby), Tyape (Witchetty Grub) and Apwelantye (Black Kite).

For more information on the trails go to: www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au

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