The Minister for Environment and Parks, Matthew Groom, announced that Dirt Art will be beginning construction of the Maydena Bike Park this week. The full media release is below.
MEDIA RELEASE - 12 September 2017
Matthew Groom, Minister for Environment and Parks
Tasmania’s wilderness is extraordinary and the Government’s policy supporting development in our parks and reserves has opened up tourism opportunities in regional and rural areas of the state.
I am very pleased that Dirt Art will begin construction this week on the Maydena Bike Park- a new gravity-focused mountain bike park and adventure hub that will add to Tasmania’s growing reputation as the eco-tourism capital of the world.
We want to attract more people to Tasmania and encourage them to spend more while they’re here to the benefit of regional businesses, and projects like this will help us achieve our goal to increase visitor overnight stay in regional areas by 70 per cent and increase visitor spend by 50 per cent by 2022.
Even better, the bike park will support more than 15 jobs during construction and potentially more than 30 ongoing roles once fully realised, providing more Tasmanian jobs in our regional areas.
It’s great news for the Derwent Valley region and another marker in our goal to attract 1.5 million visitors to the state by 2020.
Dirt Art owner Simon French will develop and operate the world-class mountain biking hub with a range of services such as the shuttle uplift service, sightseeing tours, bike hire and retail bike shop, skills coaching and a café and bar.
For the adventure seekers, the Maydena Bike Park will feature the largest elevation drop of any commercial bike park in the southern hemisphere, making the most of the unrivalled 820 metre vertical rise available on site, with an average descent length of more than 10 km.
The Government’s commitment to investment in our parks is highlighted by Dirt Art’s well-earned reputation for environmentally sensitive construction methods promising little to no impact on the site.