Jun 11, 2013

$2.5 million for world-class bike trails in North East Tasmania

The Federal Labor Government today announced it would contribute $2.5 million to the North East Tasmania Cascade Forest and Blue Tier Iconic Mountain Bike Trails project.

Federal Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese said this funding will support the construction of 75 kilometres of world-class mountain bike trails across north east Tasmania.

“Visitors to Tasmania already enjoy unique experiences such as the Barnbougle Dunes, Freycinet, Cradle Mountain and other natural wonders,” he said.

“With the government’s support, new bike trails will be constructed which will help raise the profile of the region as a mountain biking destination and respond to tourism demand for a premium mountain biking experience.

“Taking advantage of the region’s natural advantage and diversifying the economy rather than relying on one major industry is the key to Tasmania’s future success.

“This project will create nine jobs during the construction phase and a further 94 jobs over the longer term.”

Federal Member for Bass, Geoff Lyons said this project is a good example of the real benefits of targeted, long term investment in regional communities.

“It complements the work we’re currently undertaking through the Jobs and Growth Plan which is about assisting Tasmania to diversify its economy and boosting job opportunities for Tasmanians,” Mr Lyons said.

“I am excited about the positives this project will bring to the North East – including new tourism and more jobs for Tasmanians.

I’m pleased to have been able to deliver funding for this project. This is the culmination of hard work by Northern Tasmania Development and the Launceston City, Dorset and Break O’Day Mayors. I commend them for their vision and commitment to getting this project over the line.

“I look forward to seeing the start of construction on the trails and also welcoming the new visitors to the region once the project has been completed.”

Funding is being provided through Round Four of the Regional Development Australia Fund.

The project will be completed in December 2015.

For information about the Regional Development Australia Fund go to www.regional.gov.au