Eurobodalla Shire Council is looking to build on Mogo’s growing appeal to adrenaline junkies and nature lovers.
Council has started work on the Mogo Adventure Trail Hub Strategy, with specialist consultants TRC Tourism developing the strategy in collaboration with key stakeholders.
Funded by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, the strategy will look at how existing bike, horse, and walking trails surrounding Mogo could potentially be connected.
Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes says the strategy was identified as an opportunity in Council’s nature-based tourism feasibility study, which is currently being finalised.
“The study identified that there is an opportunity for a defined adventure trail hub catering for a range of trail-based activities and events,” she says.
“There is natural bushland surrounding Mogo that has potential for things like mountain-bike riding, horse-riding, cross-country running and bushwalking, as well as nature study, picnicking, and other outdoor activities.”
The strategy will address land tenure, permit and management issues, identify the need for facilities and services and identify opportunities for local businesses to cater for trail users.
Cr Innes says the Eurobodalla is renowned for its natural environment and the project aligned with Council’s new brand strategy, which is about positioning the region as a place for visitors to unleash their natural spirit and immerse themselves in nature.
“Council has already had great success in attracting several national mountain bike events to the area with the Jetblack Wild Wombat in 2018, set to return later this year, as well as the Angry Doctor Ride and Mogo Resurrection Rides in the past,” she says.
“The possibility of linking trails, infrastructure and facilities would open up further opportunities for hosting new events and encouraging more visitors to our wonderful region.
“There are many examples where villages around the world have become mountain-bike hubs and it has resulted in significant benefits to their local economy.”
The Mogo Adventure Trail Hub Strategy is expected to be completed in August this year.