4 January 2022

Narooma Mountain Bike Hub's new contractor revealed in plan to create 100km trail network

| Albert McKnight
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Eurobodalla Shire council is pushing ahead with plans to create a mountain bike trail near Mogo. Photo: Supplied.

Mountain biking is said to be one of the fastest-growing recreational activities globally. Photo: Supplied.

The successful contractor and March 2022 start date for upcoming works to the Narooma Mountain Bike Hub have been announced.

Dirt Art is a large and respected trail development company and will complete the design and construction of stages two and three for the hub.

The aim of the project is to create a network of more than 100kms of world-class mountain bike trails and infrastructure at Narooma.

“We are over the moon with being able to have such an experienced and nationally-recognised trail building company as Dirt Art to design and construct our trail network,” Narooma Mountain Bike Club president Georgie Staley said.

“Having seen their preliminary ideas, I know that the mountain bike community is going to be excited to come and ride here.

“Our town and community will benefit not only having an amazing place to ride but the tourism dollars mountain biking brings to an area.”

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Narooma District Chamber of Commerce and Tourism president Dr Jenny Munroe, said mountain biking was one of the fastest-growing recreational activities globally and Narooma had the environment and facilities to host the bikers who will visit for the experience.

“This will provide opportunities for local hospitality businesses to have year-round custom rather than rely on seasonal trade,” she said.

“The Far South Coast will be the perfect mountain biking destination for enthusiasts and will provide facilities for families to foray into our beautiful bush with all the benefits of exercise, adventure and the environment.”

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The mountain bike club was granted almost $4 million from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, which is co-funded by federal and state governments, to build more than 65km of mountain bike trails and a trailhead.

The 30kms of trails in stage one of the hub were hand-built by the bike club itself over three years and officially opened to the public in November 2019.

Trail construction for stages two and three are due to be completed in June 2023.

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Dear Editor

It’s really interesting that the conversation around construction of this style of devrlopment often mentions progressing in stages.

I think this is because funds have a limit to how much they can contribute to a certain project and dividing into stages is a practicle solution.

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