Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Tasmanian councils aim to expand mountain bike tourism

Tasmanian councils aim to expand mountain bike tourism
May 16, 2016

The Latrobe and Kentish Councils in Tasmania's north-west have developed a business case for the Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Development, which proposes 100 kilometres of trails across the two municipalities.

The project also includes 40 kilometres of cross-country trails between Latrobe and Railton and a flying fox across the Mersey River.

It follows the opening last year of a $2.5 million mountain bike track at Derby in the state's north-east.

Latrobe Mayor Peter Freshney said the project was expected to inject more than $6 million into the local economy each year but could not go ahead without Federal and Tasmanian Government support.

Mayor Freshney told the ABC "for stage one (the councils) have contributed jointly $150,000 (and) we're looking for similar contributions from both federal and state for stage one.

"We're confident that if we can get stage one up and build momentum and interest for the additional stages we'll have some runs on the board in terms of the usage and return on investment."

The project is expected to create at least 12 jobs during construction and 60 ongoing full-time positions.

Mayor Freshney said both councils were optimistic the project's $4.1 million price tag could be reduced with community support, adding "there's an opportunity for volunteers and community groups to be involved.

"The $4.1 million is if we were to pay people to come in and build the track from scratch.

"The return on the investment is projected to be $7 million in the first year."

Mayor Freshney said he hoped to see the jobs boost come to fruition, concluding “we'd love to think that would be achievable especially with new businesses and existing business with additional staff.

"I think that expectation has been justified by what's happening in Derby in particular with the new businesses and growth of businesses in that one particular area."

Image courtesy of Heath Holden.

3rd April 2016 - ALL MOUNTAIN TRAIL TO BOOST THREDBO’S STATUS AS AUSTRALIA’S ULTIMATE MOUNTAIN BIKE DESTINATION

23rd March 2016 - TRIABUNNA NAMED AUSTRALIA’S TIDY TOWNS 2016 WINNER 

7th December 2014 - LEGENDARY MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE RETURNS TO ALICE SPRINGS IN 2015

20th April 2014 - ALICE SPRINGS WELCOMES NEW WORLD-CLASS MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL NETWORK

16th April 2013 - MOUNTAIN BIKING TOURISM BOOST FOR LAUNCESTON 

16th July 2012 - TRC TOURISM GETS $1 MILLION TO IMPROVE VISITOR EXPERIENCES IN NATIONAL LANDSCAPES 


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

HYPOXI Australia Pty Ltd

HYPOXI®  is one of Europe’s most successful health and weight loss studio concepts.  It’s the first weight loss technology to incorporate exercise with advanced vacuum and…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

ELITE POOL COVERS

Since 1989 Elite Pool Covers have designed and manufactured an extensive range of high quality affordable manual,semi-automatic and fully-automatic pool cover systems for the harsh Australian…

read more

Aquatics / Environment / Technology / Venues

 
 

SLE WORLDWIDE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

SLE Worldwide Australia is a Managing General Underwriter specialising in insuring risks in the world of Sports, Leisure and Entertainment. Be it relaxing, playing, organising or watching sports,…

read more

Insurance / Venues

 
 

Altitude Training Systems

Also at 3 Squill Place, Arndell Park NSW 2148 ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology

 
 

GUNNEBO

Gunnebo is a global provider of security and access control solutions and services with sales companies in 31 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia.…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Security / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

Rae-Line

Sports Padding At Rae-Line we manufacture high quality sports padding, gym mats, foam mats and protective padding, suitable for a range of different facilities. Our sports padding is…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Sport

 
 

AEROBIC MICROPHONES AUSTRALIA

Aerobic Microphones Australia provides audio products for the fitness industry. Products include the sweat resistant Cyclemic and Aeromic headworn microphones and pouchbelts that are made in…

read more

Fitness / Technology

 
 

Centaman Entrance Control

Turnstile Entry Systems and Access Control Centaman Entrance Controls’ Award Winning Range of Access Control Systems includes tripod & triarm turnstiles, speedgates, full height…

read more

Access / Entertainment / Sport / Ticketing / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business