Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs

    Dwellingup a trailblazer for mountain biking

    16/10/2020 12:00 PM
     
    • Murray Valley mountain bike network now open in Lane Poole Reserve
    • Pop-up trail centre announced for Dwaarlindjirraap (former Baden Powell recreation site)

    A 35 kilometre network of new mountain bike trails has officially opened today in Lane Poole Reserve, as part of the $8.4 million Dwellingup Adventure Trails project.

     

    The new Murray Valley network of trails includes traditional cross-country trails through to all-mountain descents into the valley, and includes a range of trails that are suitable for beginners to advanced riders.

     

    In addition, Dwellingup Adventures has been announced as the proponent of a pop-up trail centre in Lane Poole Reserve. This will include a kiosk, bike and canoe hire and will link with the proposed trail centre in the Dwellingup townsite which will also service the mountain biking and trails community.

     

    Canoe launching facilities have also been replaced at Island Pool in Lane Poole Reserve, with new steel and fibreglass stairs, improving visitor access for canoeing and swimming.

     

    The three-year Dwellingup Adventure Trails project is jointly funded by the McGowan Government, the Shire of Murray and the Australian Government.

     

    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

     

    "Now more than ever the McGowan Government is encouraging people to 'wander out yonder' and explore the many nature-based activities WA has to offer, including our ever-increasing network of mountain bike trails.

     

    "The Premier recently announced a $150 million WA Recovery Plan investment to support our tourism sector as it manages the impacts of COVID-19, and $20 million of that is dedicated to creating mountain bike trails in the Perth Hills, Albany, Denmark and Margaret River.

     

    "The Dwellingup Adventure Trails is all about providing accessible and exciting nature-based recreational experiences to increase visitation to Dwellingup and stimulate the local economy.

     

    "The completion of the Murray Valley trail network and announcement of a pop-up trail centre are important milestones in the project, and are testament to the commitment this Government has to work with partners to deliver world-class mountain biking facilities in WA."

     

    Comments attributed to Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie:

     

    "The Morrison Government is investing in the potential of Dwellingup as a tourist destination and a hub for mountain bikers from all over Australia and the world.

     

    "There is an increasing demand for mountain biking trails and facilities across WA. Dwellingup and its surrounding forests and valleys provide a perfect destination for these adventure sports.

     

    "The Morrison Government has now provided over $4.6 million through two grants from the Building Better Regions Fund to help the Dwellingup community develop its potential in adventure tourism. This is already translating into more tourists, which means more jobs and economic activity in our part of the world."

     

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