Creating an international mountain biking destination
The Government has recently committed $1.5 million to developing Mountain Biking. Bike SA CEO – Christian Haag looks at the details.
The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources recently released their report Establishing the Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges as an international mountain bike destination.
This report comes as a result of the government’s $1.5 million commitment to developing mountain biking in the Lofty’s.
The report was prepared by the respected consultant TRC Tourism and identifies several priority project areas;
- Governance and Funding
- Community and Partnerships
- Trails and Trailhead Infrastructure and;
- Tourism and Marketing
Seeking principally to increase visitation from both the domestic and inbound tourism markets, this program will build on the significant work that has been undertaken to date by the many communities throughout the Mt Lofty Ranges.
Sitting in a 70km north-south corridor within easy reach of Adelaide’s CBD are a diverse range of bespoke MTB networks that are guaranteed to provide a great riding experience for all levels of ability.
From Craigburn Farm, Belair NP, Cleland, Eagle MTB Park up to Cudlee Creek and beyond, we have an enviable set of assets that have the capacity to be packaged into a high quality suite of tourism products that will deliver economic benefit for small business and local communities.
Bike SA’s partnership with Forestry SA has seen us investing in the network at Cudlee Creek for over a decade, with additional funding support from the Office for Recreation and Sport. Equally the clubs and trail care groups have been working hard to maintain the quality of the ever-growing number of trails through the forest.
Local club The Human Projectiles, is a great success story of a small dedicated club applying and receiving a $20,000 state grant to cut new trail, improve signage and install seating and public artwork at Cudlee Creek.
These are examples of strong community/government partnerships that deliver sustainable outcomes with very little cash investment.
But perhaps the greatest challenge is to create commercial mechanisms where business can be enticed to invest directly in the development of on-network facilities.
Bike SA is currently developing relationships with a number of domestic and international businesses that we hope will deliver capital investment directly into destination development.
We hope to be in a position to meet with relevant government agencies shortly to make the most of these opportunities.