Works Get Underway For New Mountain Bike Trails In Darwin

Works Get Underway For New Mountain Bike Trails In Darwin

Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss

Creating Jobs And Investing In New Mountain Bike Trails In Darwin

Victor P Taffa

Works have begun on the re-development and expansion of the popular mountain bike and shared-use trails at Casuarina Coastal Reserve and Charles Darwin National Park.

This is a key component of the Northern Territory Government’s $1 Million investment in the Mountain Bike Master Plan, with funding of $230,000 to expand the trails and support local job creation.

“This is exciting news for all trail users who will soon be able to expand their skills over longer, more challenging tracks.” Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said.

“Works will offer more track options for everyone, from beginners to experienced riders.”

Works will be delivered by trail company Trailscapes, who will provide on-the-job training to local workers to help increase specialist trail-building capacity in the Top End.

Darwin Off Road Cyclists have assisted Parks, Wildlife and Heritage Division staff with project planning and will provide on-ground support throughout the project.

Casuarina Coastal Reserve

Casuarina Coastal Reserve will receive 2 new trails and 5 existing trails will be upgraded to provide a total network length of around 6.5 km.

A new black-diamond rated trail will add an extreme element to the existing offering of easier trails.

Charles Darwin National Park

At Charles Darwin National Park, 5 new trails will be added to the network increasing it to 18 km to complement the 2 existing formal trails ‘Wirraway’ and ‘Spitfire’, which will also be upgraded as part of the project.

Temporary trail closures will occur on a rolling basis and be kept to a minimum so there will always be trails open and available for riding.

Works are expected to be complete by late October 2018.