- Hollybank and Juggernaut
For those who like to drool over future trails, head on over to Northern Tasmania Development's website and check out the Hollybank Mountain Bike Facility- Trail Master Plan 2013.
This document gives a great overview (including maps) of what is to come from the Hollybank MTB project and it's got me rather excited.
While you're checking out what's happening in the North east, jump on over to the new MTB North East Tasmania website (Note linked deactivated July 2018 as now defunct).
I'd encourage people to get on over and visit the site, have a look around, register, and start getting some information up there to get the community going.
Hollybank is already used by the Launceston Mountain Bike Club for both mountain bike and cyclocross races, but the area has lots of untapped potential which is why it is exciting to hear that funding of $800,000 has just been announced to fund the first stage of a Hollybank Mountain Bike Park.
According to the 2009 Tasmanian Mountain Bike Plan, A Mountain Bike Trail Network Plan for the Hollybank State Forest area was prepared in 2005 as a partnership between Sport and Recreation Tasmania and Forestry Tasmania. In 2006, Joey Klein, IMBA Trail Specialist ground truthed this plan on behalf of Forestry Tasmania.
There are approximately 27km of trails mapped out and around 8kms of ‘shovel ready’ trails with existing approvals in place.
The Funding for the Park is part of the State Governments "Tasmanian Jobs Package".
So some good and bad news for Hollybank MTB (and the North Eastern Mountain Bike Project) this week.
As reported in the Examiner Newspaper (June 25) The Launceston City Council have decided not to provide direct funding support for the North Eastern Mountain Bike Project (you can read the minutes of that meeting here (agenda item 17, pp37-40).
However, on the good news front, it looks like the project is still proceeding with Northern Development Tasmania putting out a call for Expressions of Interest to develop a shortlist of skills delivery providers. Full details are available on their website.