City joins state wide mountain bike trails network

Published: Tuesday, 2 October 2018 at 3:38:23 PM

With the official opening of mountain bike tracks and loop trail in the Chapman River Regional Park, the City has become part of Western Australia’s growing mountain bike trails network.

The 11km long loop trail along the Chapman River now joins the ranks of other trails located within Kalamunda and Bramely National Parks and the State Forrest in the Perth Hills.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the formalisation of the existing loop trail and construction of jump lines, a pump and jump track and skills track will help meet the growing demand for unique riding experiences whilst benefitting the local community.

“Mountain bike riding is one of the world’s fastest growing recreational and tourism activities with Western Australia following this global trend,” he said.

“The 11km long loop trail along the Chapman River and the tracks in Spalding Park are now supporting the growth and diversification of the State’s tourism industry whilst providing health outcomes for our community and boosting our local economy.

“As the demand for diverse mountain bike riding experiences continues to grow, Geraldton is now able to offer riders the quality trails and facilities they have been looking for north of Perth.”

To ensure the formalisation of the loop trail through the heart of the Chapman River Regional Park is environmentally sustainable and enhances the current environmental, cultural and heritage values of the Park the City worked closely with Chapman River Friends, Traditional Owners and the Geraldton Mountain Bike Club to finalise the project designs.

This collaboration has ensured this important community asset continues to be shared and enjoyed by all recreation users.

Construction of the Chapman River Regional Park Mountain Bike Trails project was jointly funded with the State Government’s Regional Grant Scheme managed by the Mid West Development Commission contributing $235,500, Lotterywest $65,000 and the City providing $49,000 towards project delivery.

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The official opening of the Chapman River Regional Park Mountain Bike tracks and loop trail was celebrated by Members of the Geraldton Mountain Bike Club, Chapman River Friends and the Dept. of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries together with representatives from project funders including the State Government Regional Grants Scheme managed by the Mid West Development Commission, Lotterywest and the City of Greater Geraldton.

Group photo of opening ceremony guests

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