The Wellington Park Management Trust have advised that the illegally constructed Upper Luge Track (Middle Island Fire Trials - Main Fire Trail) will shortly be closed.

"This environment is home to sensitive communities of flora and fauna, including threatened species and sites of aboriginal and European cultural heritage; this is why proper surveys are done before track work is authorised.

"Unauthorised track construction jeopardises Park values, the amenity and above all safety of Park users including those carrying out the illegal work. The Park values are protected by Regulations which provide for hefty penalties.

"We understand the MTB community wants more trails. There is much already happening and more to look forward to.

"Last year the Wellington Park Management Trust, the Hobart City Council, other adjoining local councils and MTB riders collaborated to prepare the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Masterplan. The plan highlighted a number of opportunities to better provide for MTB riding in the greater Hobart region. Click on project updates to see what projects are in the works.

"The Wellington Park Management Trust and the Hobart City Council ask all riders to respect track development processes, which are already in train, and which will benefit everyone if allowed to run their course. A large number of riders have cooperated with land managers in the track planning process and we thank them sincerely for this.

"For any further information please contact the Wellington Park Ranger on 0408 517 534. Ben Masterman, Ranger."

Posted: 12 June 2013