Bike trail gathers speed
Mountain bike riders of all abilities will be able to hit the tracks in Collie with the completion of a new adaptive trail.
The almost 10km-long Arklow Adaptive Trail constructed through the Arklow Forest is off and racing and was officially opened yesterday.
The newest addition to Collie’s trail tourism market was designed to accommodate for hand cycles, opening up the trail to mountain bike riders with a disability.
The loop connects the Munda Biddi Trail and provides access to Collie.
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said Collie was fast becoming an adventure trail town.
“I’ve already heard fantastic feedback from riders who have tried out the newly-constructed Arklow Adaptive Trail and by all accounts the experience is unforgettable,” he said.
The trail was constructed as part of the State Government’s $10 million Collie Adventure Trails program, announced earlier this year, to establish Collie as the State’s premiere trail adventure town.
Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said the new mountain bike trails had the potential to draw tourists from across the State and Australia.
“By enticing more tourists and adventure lovers to Collie to experience these new trails, we will see the flow-on effect for the local economy as visitors use services and local hospitality options during their stay,” Mr Murray said.
The funding will create more than 180km of mountain bike and bushwalking trails through the Collie River Valley.
A trail centre in town will also be built and secondary hubs will be constructed closer to the trails.
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