The wheels are in motion to attract a new cohort of adventure-loving tourists to the Eurobodalla with the announcement of $3 million in NSW Government funding for a new nature trail network at Mogo.
The Mogo Adventure Trail upgrade will connect Mogo to Batemans Bay with more than 80km of stacked loop mountain bike trails starting in the centre of the village.
The funding is expected to deliver upgrades and marking to existing tracks and trails, as well as building crucial missing links.
Member for Bega Andrew Constance said upgrades would include showcasing viewing points along trails, new bike parking, visitor seating and water facilities, as well as installing trail signage and direction markers, including interpretive signage at focus points such as Trail Heads.
“Mogo and the wider Eurobodalla region suffered a significant tourism decline due to the devastating New Year bushfires, with the road to economic recovery now blocked by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mr Constance.
“This funding will deliver an adventure trail network that will be a significant tourism asset and encourage visitors to return to Mogo and the broader region, providing a much needed long-term economic boost for the community.”
Mr Constance said increased tourism would help operators maintain current staff and create new job opportunities and potentially attract further investment to the area.
“Delivering this project will help establish Mogo as a premier mountain bike trail destination, attracting new and younger visitors year round, not just during the summer high season,” he said.
“The trail network, located to the north of Mogo in the Deep Creek Dam area of the Mogo State Forest, and south of Mogo along Maulbrooks Road, will connect Mogo to Batemans Bay.”
Eurobodalla Shire Council Mayor Liz Innes welcomed the funding.
“We will deliver a project that will have far reaching benefits and will be such a huge economic driver in the natural destination tourism sector,” she said.
“I am so proud of the work our team has done to see this project now funded and become an asset to our region.
“Our investment through the $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund is creating jobs and boosting the confidence of investors right across regional NSW.”