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Source: Great Hobart Mountain Bike Plan - March 2015 Land Managers Update
Land Manager Update March 2015 - Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Plan
Latrobe-Kentish Mountain Bike Trail Network Proposal
Just when I thought news for mountain biking in Tasmania couldn't get much better, another trail plan has popped up from a group of riders quietly working away developing a plan for a new Latrobe-Kentish mountain bike trail with not one, but two, mountain bike parks included.

The plan involves a road side pathway from Devonport to Latrobe along the river road, then to Shale road where a MTB park would be created with easy to ride trails through the hill alongside the Warrawee reserve. From there the trail would cross the river to Railton, then to Sheffield where a more advanced park would be built with down hill runs included  (Yes, if you're wondering this does sound like it follows the current Tasmanian Trail route). From there a trail across the top of the Badgers will take riders back towards Devonport and onto the Devonport's cycle way.

From what I've been told the two councils are getting behind the proposal, and although still early days, you have to admit it would fill a nice gap in the mountain biking map of Tasmania.

If you're interested in tracking this one more closely, then a facebook group has been set up titled "Latrobe-Kentish Mountain Bike Trail Network".  Expect to see more updates on tassietrails.org for this one as well.
Latrobe-Kentish Mountain Bike Trail Network Update at 7 August 2014
Here's a very brief summary of what has happened in the past few weeks:

1. The Reserve Activity Assessment process has begun with Warrawee land manager Parks & Wildlife Service. This is a two-stage process. In Step 1, I have submitted a project proposal to Parks & Wildlife. It states (in general terms) what we want to do, where we want to do it, and how. They look at this proposal, and consider what issues may potentially arise (e.g. impact on flora and fauna, cultural heritage considerations, proximity to riparian environments, future land management and maintenance issues, future land tenure/lease arrangements). Parks then come back with a list of things we have to address, and how they want them addressed. They say they will take two months to assess it and will get back to us by the beginning of October. At that point, we will need specific trail design plans, so, it is time to have a site visit and develop a proposed trail map.
Source: http://www.launcestonairport.com.au/web-assets/images/maps/AirportTerminalLevel1Map.png

Echoing the burgeoning interest in cycle tourism in the region and the emergence of "world-class" mountain biking tracks at nearby Hollybank and Blue Derby, Launceston Airport has recently constructed its own “Bike-Port”.

Launceston Mountain Bike Club - Trails Update
The latest Launceston Mountain Bike Club newsletter provides this update on the tracks and trails at Kate Reed and Trevallyn (copied verbatim):

"Unfortunately September has been a particularly wet month and the tracks and trails at Kate Reed and Trevallyn have taken a bit of a hammering and are still quite wet and boggy. As the weather fines up and the tracks start to dry out the club will endeavour to reopen some of the closed tracks. The club is hoping to schedule some working bees in mid November to cap the extension of the "Berm Track" that is currently closed and are currently liasing with Parks and Wildlife to set a date. As reported a few weeks ago the Aboriginal Heritage Assessment of the proposed trail network at Trevallyn has been completed and is waiting for the final approval from Parks and Wildlife before work can commence. Once work has commenced within Trevallyn, certain areas of track will need to be closed off as the there will be machinery in operation, the club asks that all user respect these track closures."


Subscribe to LMBC's excellent newsletter or join their facebook page for updates.
Launceston Trail Signange

Launceston Mountain Bike Club has provided the following useful summary of updates about what's happening with the trails in and around Launceston in their September 2017 Newsletter.

Lower Pipeline Track (Fern Tree - Gentle Annie Falls) MTB Access Trial
The Hobart City Council is undertaking a one year trial of bicycle use along the lower section of the Pipeline Track between Fern Tree and Gentle Annie Falls.

This trial has started and will finish on Friday 2nd May 2014.

The trial is being monitored, and subsequent evaluation of the trial will inform a final decision on whether bicycle use will be permitted on a permanent basis.

Cyclists are asked to note:
  • Bicycles remain prohibited on the Pipeline Track below Gentle Annie Falls – cyclists wishing to ride between the Waterworks Reserve and the Pipeline Track are to do so via the R18 Fire Trail (which joins the Pipeline Track at McDermotts Saddle, and enters the Waterworks Reserve via the bitumen service road adjacent Council's works store).
  • Riding down the stairs immediately below Fern Tree is prohibited, and cyclists are required to dismount on this section of the Track.
  • Cyclists should avoid riding on the sandstone capping within the Track in order to minimise the risk of damaging these heritage features.
This route is a key link for mountain biking providing, in my opinion, one of the best options for riding up onto the mountain from the CBD (when linked with the Hobart Rivulet Track and the Romilly Street to Waterworks Track).
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