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New West Coast Network coming in December 2022

The 'Silver City' trail network outside of Zeehan is about to get much bigger with the addition of nearly 30 more kilometres of trail being officially opened in Zeehan on December 10 2022. The new trails include 'Despatch' a green climbing trail to get riders to the top of Oonah Hill, or the start of the more advanced 'Western Odysse...

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Tell you a story.   I've recently returned from a cycle trip down the North Island of New Zealand, and like you do when touring, I came across another cyclist (Freddie) one day on the tour, and we ended up cycling together for 3 or 4 days, before our paths again diverged and he headed off ahead of me while I decided to linger awhile. Fast...

Maydena Mountain Bike Park and the Tin Valley Brewery and Distillery are among the winners in the latest round of Tourism Innovation Grants provided by the State Government. Maydena will be receiving $249,950 for a 'Beyond the Bikes' initative which will allow Maydena Bike Park's facilities to be diversified to cater to for a mo...

The Tasmanian Government, along with Kingborough Council, is funding a feasibility study to help identify a preferred route for a proposed shared pathway to connect the suburbs of Margate and Huntingfield.   The proposed path would improve access and connection with existing off-road paths and encourage active transport in the area, by providi...

The Dorset council has released plans for the $820,000 redevelopment of the main blue derby trailhead in Derby. The site will include an 86-space public car park, new toilet and shower block, a bicycle wash station, bus drop-off zone, landscaped camping area, and picnic tables and shade-sails.  The current pump track will remain. The vast...

The City of Hobart's August 2022 'Making Tracks' newsletter highlights the track / trail works that the Hobart City Council has planned for 2022-23.   They are working toward delivering two major new connections from the edge of Hobart, reaching deep into the foothills network of kunyani / Mt Wellington (subject to planning...

There is a new proposal to build a cable car to the top of Mt Owen, near Queenstown. Seems like it is still in the "good idea" stage at this point of time, with the proponent a Mr Brett Schulze, still needing to gain access to the land (which is under a mining lease), funding etc. but hey - anyone who has been in this area on a good day knows how b...

The Tasmanian and Australian Governments have committed $130 million to upgrading the Tasman Bridge to make it more usable for cyclists, pedestrians and I guess those who own those scooter things.  The upgrade will feature a 3.5 m pathway on both sides of the bridge for enhanced cyclist and pedestrian access. Improvements will also include oth...

The 2022/23 Kingborough Council budget includes some key upgrades for the Whitewater Creek and McKenzie road tracks as part of a $2 million package to be spent on track, reserves and playgrounds upgrades across Kingborough, to improve access and mobility for community members. This follows public consultation whic...

Upper Luge and Crosscut Tracks Now Open  The May 2022 edition of Making Tracks  (Hobart City Council Track Care Newsletter) reports that the Upper Luge and Crosscut (the new dedicated climbing track beside it) are finished and open.  That means two of the four new trails on the lower slopes of kunanyi/Mt Wellington bei...