- Blue Derby
Issue 2 of the "Blue Derby" MTB Trails newsletter is now available. News includes that the official launch date has been pushed back to February 7 (but the Blue Dragon event has been cancelled), The "Corner Store" and a new B&B are already setting up in Derby and there's more pics and updates on the trails ...
The Federal Labor Government has just announced that it will contribute $2.5 million to the North East Tasmania Cascade Forest and Blue Tier Iconic Mountain Bike Trails project.
Quoting staight from the medai release, the "Federal Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese said this funding will support the construction of 75 kilometres of world-class mountain bike trails across north east Tasmania."
That's got to be worth celebrating.
For the full media release click here.
If you want some more background on the project you can read the Potential for Mountain Biking in North Eastern Tasmania - Market Demand and Economic Assessment (March 2013) available from the Northern Tasmania Development website. There's also some interesting documents on Launceton City Council's website for their May 20, 2013 meeting, including the
North Eastern Mountain Bike Business Case (pdf).
The first edition of a new newsletter highlighting what is happening with the Derby/ Blue Tier trails is now available. Perhaps the most exciting news for we locals is that the first trails are likely to be open before Christmas (though some may argue that the new toilet block is also pretty exciting news). There's lots of other great information in the newsletter including news that Hertz are getting on board and will be offering bike racks and trailers from Launceston. These are the small things that will make this whole concept work.
Our friend at ridetassie.com sent us this link to the new (and I think official) Ride Blue Derby website which is worth checking out while you're waiting for the trails to open on February 7. It looks like it will be a great resource for those looking to go and ride the area, and let's just hope that the site is maintained and kept up to date.