Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Master Plan
The Trust is helping to facilitate the preparation of the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Master Plan. The plan is a co-operative effort between the Trust, Cycling South, Councils in the Greater Hobart area, Sport and Recreation Tasmania, and the biking community.
The public exhibtion period for the draft Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Master Plan has now closed (as of the 31st October 2011). We received a total of 14 submissions, which were from a variety of community groups, walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers. Thanks to all for the submissions.
The submissions will be considered by the Project Steering Committee and relevant changes made to the the draft master plan. The final plan will then need to go to each of the Councils of Hobart, Glenorchy, Clarence and Kingborough, and the Trust and the PWS for formal endorsement. It is hoped that this will occur in early 2012.
The next step in the process will be the formation of the Steering Committee that will oversee implementation of the master plan - this will be co-ordinated by Sport and Recreation Tasmania.
The Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Master Plan follows the adoption of the State Mountain Bike Plan by the State Government in December 2009. The State Plan set the over-arching vision and the strategies for developing Tasmania as a world class mountain bike destination.
The Greater Hobart Master Plan will provide a regional approach to high quality and well maintained mtb tracks and associated facilities and infrastructure. It will seek to establish a platform for the development of Greater Hobart as a Regional Hub for innovative and exciting riding opportunities.
The Master Plan is a cooperative approach between Cycling South, the Wellington Park Management Trust and the Councils of Clarence, Glenorchy, Hobart, Kingborough and Brighton, and supported by the State Government through Sport and Recreation Tasmania's Trails and Bikeway Program. Preparation of the Master Plan is overseen by a Project Steering Committee consisting of representatives from the above agencies.
It is intended that the Master Plan be completed by December 2011. In that time the the project will develop an extensive knowledge of mtb tracks, facilities and infrastructure, outline a regional network of mtb tracks, and establish a criteria for prioritising development of proposed new tracks and for the upgrade of existing ones.
Consultation with the general community and stakeholders will be undertaken at various levels. A Working Group has been created, which includes key stakeholders such as land and track managers, as well as local riders and clubs to provide ongoing input and advice into the master plan. A second broader Consultative Group has also been formed which provide comments and recommendations on specific issues at various milestones in the process. The Consultative Group includes a greater number of local riders and stakeholders with an interest in the Master Plan. Feel free to download a list of the members of the Working Group and Consultative Group.