WA is a step closer to becoming an international mountain biking destination, after a new master plan was released today.
The plan aims to guide the development of trails in Perth and Peel, expanding the current network of trails from 125 kilometres over nine sites, to 575 kilometres over 24 sites.
The report is a joint effort between Environment Minister Stephen Dawson and Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray.
“The Perth and Peel regions include some of the most unique and picturesque landscapes in the world, so today we are really focused on making the environment the motivation for people seeking adventure-based tourism,” said Mr Dawson.
“The aim is to provide exceptional experiences for mountain bikers while also protecting the natural environment by creating a diverse mix of trail types and mountain biking centres.”
The report identified priority sites of potential national significance, in the Perth Hills, Wugong and Dwellingup.
It also found opportunities to develop sites of regional significance in the Swan Valley, Jarrahdale and Yanchep.
Mr Murray said the plan not only encourages people to get outdoors and participate in the sport, but it also identifies opportunities to create trail towns in WA.
“Creating more urban and bushland trails that are easy to access from metropolitan areas will not only encourage local participation, but open up new tourism and economic opportunities for the State.”
The plan was developed by WestCycle, with support from the State Government, Lotterywest and the West Australian Mountain Bike Association.