02 March 2012
According to the agenda of the Hobart City Council Parks and Customer Services committee, they will be considering endorsing the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Master Plan at their meeting on the 16th February.
The recommendations before the committe include scheduling upgrades on several key trails over the next three years; commencing planning for the development of the Chalet to Junction Cabin downhill trail proposal; and nearest and dearest to my heart they're looking at making the following trails "shared-use":
- Pipeline Track - McDermotts Saddle to Fern Tree
- Huon Rd to Waterworks Link
- Mount Stuart Track/Summit Loop, Knocklofty Reserve
- Joggers Loop Link Track, Queens Domain.
I've always through the the McDermotts Saddle to Fern Tree route in particular is a key missing link for us cyclists as for me it's the easiest way to get up the mountain (not that I've ever ridden up there of couse).
Of course this is all subject to more reports, the completion of risk management works and the development of a monitoring and evaluation plan, and I guess the endorsement by this committee and the council, but it's a step in the right direction, so yay to that.
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".