Chapman River mountain bike trail funding secured

Published: Friday, 20 January 2017 at 12:00:00 AM

The development of the Chapman River Regional Park Mountain Bike Trail will soon be underway with State Government grant funding support.

The $235,500 Royalties for Regions funding awarded through the Mid West Development Commission Community Chest, will help transform the well-established trail into a comprehensive mountain bike precinct.

City of Greater Geraldton Deputy Mayor Neil McIlwaine said the project was long overdue and that it is fantastic that it is finally going ahead.

“Over the past 23 years the City has developed numerous plans and strategies regarding the recreational use and environmental management of the Chapman River Regional Park,’ he said.

The Chapman River Regional Park Mountain Bike Master Plan was developed to improve the overall mountain bike riding experience in the popular recreation area by formalising the existing trail, closing and rehabilitating spur tracks which are causing erosion and vegetation management issues, and developing a trail head, skills track and signage.

“To ensure trail formalisation is environmentally sustainable and will preserve and enhance the current environmental, cultural and heritage values of the Park the City will continue to work with all key stakeholders including Chapman River Friends and Traditional Owners of the land to reach consensus on the implementation of the Plan,” Deputy Mayor McIlwaine said.

“The Chapman River Regional Park is an important community asset that needs to be sustainably managed so it can be shared and enjoyed by all recreation users, including mountain bike riders.”

The City has allocated an additional $18,800 in the 2016/17 Budget towards the project.

 

PHOTO CAPTION:

MP Paul Brown (left) and City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn present the Geraldton Mountain Bike Club with a $235,500 cheque from Royalties for Regions for the development of the Chapman River Regional Park Mountain Bike Trail.

Cheque presentation to the Mountain Bike Club

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