Grant funding transforms park into mountain bike precinct

Published: Thursday, 27 July 2017 at 12:00:00 AM

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The City is one step closer to creating a mountain bike precinct in Spalding Park with Lotterywest approving grant funding for the construction of cycle jump lines.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said he was very pleased Lotterywest had come on board to support the Chapman River Regional Park Mountain Bike Master Plan, which will deliver positive outcomes for the local economy and state tourism industry.

“I am delighted Lotterywest is providing $65,000 in grant funding to construct jump lines which are a series of mounds designed to improve bike-handling capabilities,” he said.

“This funding means the City is now able to deliver three major projects detailed in the Master Plan as we have already received grant funding to formalise the existing mountain bike track along the Chapman River and construct a pump and jump track in Spalding Park.

“Once these three projects are completed, the City will play an important role in diversifying the State’s tourism industry by assisting WA to become a world class mountain bike destination.

“The mountain bike infrastructure will attract tourists to Geraldton looking for other ways to experience our coastal city which will result in tangible economic and social outcomes for our local community.”

Member for Agricultural Region Laurie Graham MLC said Lotterywest has always been supportive of projects that generate healthy outcomes for the community.

“Lotterywest have been fantastic supporters of our state contributing hundreds of millions of dollars towards worthy projects every year,” he said.

“It’s great to see part of that money being spent in the Chapman River area to provide new mountain bike infrastructure and promote healthy lifestyles and activities.”

The implementation of the Chapman River Regional Park Mountain Bike Master Plan is joint funded with the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, managed by the Mid West Development Commission, contributing $235,500 and the City providing $49,500 towards the delivery of all three projects.

 

Picture Caption: Mayor Shane Van Styn (from left) and Lotterywest retailer Kyme Rigter (holding cheque) are presented with $65,000 in Lotterywest grant funding from MLC Laurie Graham (right of Mr Rigter to build jump lines in Spalding Park. Members of the Mid West Development Commission Board of Executive, Department of Sport and Recreation and the Geraldton Mountain Bike Club are on hand celebrate the good news.

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