Transport

Mountain biking hub for Albany under re-elected McGowan Government

Posted on January 22, 2021
  • $150,000 for Albany Mountain Bike Club to build multipurpose shed event facility to support local trails
  • Funding to purchase maintenance equipment to maintain and extend local trails networks
  • Investment will support McGowan Government’s $3.2m commitment to build more trails at Mount Adelaide and Mount Clarence tourism precincts
  • McGowan Government has invested over $15m to grow the Great Southern’s status as a trails tourism centre

WA Labor Candidate for Albany Rebecca Stephens has committed $150,000 to build a multipurpose shed event facility to support the city’s growing trails network under a re-elected McGowan Government.

This important local investment will support a re-elected McGowan Government’s commitment to provide $3.2 million new walking, hiking and mountain bike trails at the Mount Adelaide and Mount Clarence tourism precincts.

The new facility will be solar powered with a bike wash down bay including water tank, pump, hoses and brushes.

It will house new maintenance equipment, including a mini-excavator, plate compactor and other hand tools to assist with ongoing trail extensions and long term maintenance of the Poikeclerup downhill tracks.

The facility will enhance Albany and the wider Great Southern’s growing status as a centre for trails tourism, following the McGowan Government’s significant investment over its first term.

This includes over $15 million as part of the WA Recovery Plan to establish trail towns and centres, service existing trails and build new trails in the Great Southern region.

Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:

“The McGowan Government is investing significantly in trails tourism in Albany to ensure the region capitalises on the massive potential it offers.

“Our $3.2 million commitment to build more trails at Mount Adelaide and Mount Clarence will enhance the region’s trails offerings, building on the $15 million-plus we have invested locally over the last four years.

“This investment will ensure when Western Australia is again able to welcome international visitors we are well placed to attract high-spending trails tourists from right around the world.”

Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate for Albany Rebecca Stephens:

“Albany’s tourism industry has seen remarkable growth in recent years thanks to our passionate local operators and our stunning natural attractions.

“This investment will ensure we are ever better equipped as a trails town, supporting local tourism and creating new local jobs in a range of sectors

“Just as importantly, our local mountain biking community will see huge benefits from this new hub.

“Albany Mountain Bike Club does a terrific job maintaining our local trails networks and advocating for the sport and this investment will allow them to continue with those efforts.