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NORTH-WEST BOOSTED AS WORLD-CLASS MOUNTAIN BIKE DESTINATION

Latrobe and Kentish Councils welcome today’s announcement by the Tasmanian Government of $600,000 funding of the Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Trails project. Valued at over $4 million, the project is a new adventure tourism product for the North-West Coast and will be a key economic driver for the region.

It has been a significant and collaborative project of the Latrobe and Kentish Councils over the past three years with this funding announcement being an added boost to progress it to the next milestone.

The Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Experience will establish over 100kms of world-class mountain bike trails through the region’s unique wilderness - connecting the towns of Latrobe, Railton and Sheffield.  These trails will cater for all levels of mountain biking ability - from those seeking an adrenaline rush down steep rocky terrain through to more gentle and tranquil riverside options for families and children, each offering spectacular views and experiences.

Mayor Freshney said “The Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Experience is an important project for the local region in terms of being a key economic driver and new recreational activity. It is encouraging that the State Government has endorsed this project by providing such a significant funding contribution”.

Economic modelling on the project indicates that, when complete, over 138,000 new visitors will travel to the North West for the Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Experience each year, injecting over $6.88 million into the local economy and resulting in the creation of 51 new full time jobs.

Mayor Thwaites said “We have seen how mountain biking has been able to deliver an economic boost to Derby and the whole of the state has benefitted.  It is hoped that the Wild Mersey Mountain Bike trails will have a similar impact on our region and bring even more riders to Tasmania. We greatly appreciate the support from the Tasmanian Government and look forward to the trail build commencing in coming months.”

Construction of the trails is expected to commence during the first half of 2018 which will enable the first section of trails to open later this year. 

Wild Mersey Funding Announcement Jan 2018

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