The September 2013 update from land management agencies involved in the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Plan has been released.
This update outlines what projects the land managers are currently undertaking or planning to undertake in the near future.
The update will be available on the Wellington Park website: http://www.wellingtonpark.org.au/greater-hobart-mtb-masterplan-endorsed/ (you may need to refresh your browser to see it).
Unfortunately it looks like quite a few initiatives are stalled pending funding, but that shouldn't overshadow all the great work that has been done, and things will proceed. One only has to look back over the last five years to see how far we've come.
Hobart City Council is seeking feedback on the proposal to replace the gravel track with an all-weather sealed surface. Click here to provide comments [link removed]. A successful grant from the Trails and Bikeways Program is funding some of the improvements. Last winter sections became wet and boggy and the lack of sunlight prevented it from drying out. The muddy surface makes it unpleasant for people using prams, on bicycles, mobility scooters or simply walking and combined with the slope from McKellar St, the slipperiness has safety issues for people riding or walking.
Last year, the City of Hobart Bushcare program trialled a Trackcare activity at Tip Top and it was a huge success. The new Bushcare Coordinator at the Hobart City Council is now looking to extend this program by setting up a "Trackcare" group. Full details are below.
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.