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Friday, January 19, 2018

Government boost for Maydena Bike Park

JUST days ahead of the opening of the Maydena Bike Park next week, the State Government has provided funding for the second stage of the development. Environment and Parks Minister Elise Archer yesterday said 11 projects had been approved for funding under the  government's Cycle Tourism Strategy.

"This includes $800,000 for Stage 2 of the Maydena Bike Park that will establish Maydena as a leading mountain bike destination, resulting in an estimated tripling in total visitation and an additional 20 new full-time equivalent positions directly employed by the park," Mrs Archer said.

The Maydena Bike Park is set to open on Australia Day, offering a range of mountain bike trails suitable for everyone, from families through to elite riders. Posting on Instagram yesterday, the business said Stage 2 would feature another 65km of trails, with work due to start in coming weeks.

Riders on opening day, which is all but booked out, will have 27 trails to choose from.

Mrs Archer said the state's growing reputation as the cycling tourism capital of Australa was a great example of how the State Government’s expression of interest process for developing new tourism opportunities in National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land had created jobs and opened up stunning natural areas for tourism developments, especially in regional and rural areas.

"The government is a strong supporter of our booming visitor economy because it supports local economies and creates jobs right across the state, and this will entice tourists to stay longer and help achieve our goal to increase visitor overnight stays in regional areas by 70 per cent by 2022."

"We have targeted cycle tourism as one of the state’s strongest competitive advantages, with already around 38,000 visitors jumping on a bike to enjoy what Tasmania has to offer. We expect these numbers to continue to grow, and the Cycle Tourism Strategy is backed by a $6 million fund to achieve this."

The Maydena Bike Park funding announcement follows Liberal Party election pledges of $2.5 million to upgrade Glenora Rd and $5 million for a replacement police station in New Norfolk.

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