Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Kristy McBain
NSW Minister for Regional NSW, Tara Moriarty
NSW Minister for the Illawarra and South Coast, Ryan Park
Member for Bega, Dr Michael Holland
Narooma Bike Club President, Georgie Staley
A new era for the Far South Coast visitor economy is off and racing with 88 kilometres of world-class mountain bike trails now officially open to the public.
The $4.1 million Narooma Mountain Bike Hub project, co-funded by the Australian and NSW Governments under the Local Economic Recovery program, has delivered an additional 58 kilometres of new trails and a trail head carpark at its base in Bodalla State Forest.
The new trails will play a pivotal role in supporting the recovery of Black Summer bushfire affected businesses and communities and are predicted to generate an extra 65,000 visitors to the region.
Quotes attributable to Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Kristy McBain MP:
“Mountain bike riding and cycle tourism continues to go from strength to strength in Eden-Monaro, which is why it’s fantastic to add 58 additional kilometres of new single-lane tracks to the existing 30 kilometres in Bodalla State Forest – which means we now have 250 kilometres of new trails across Narooma, Eden and Mogo.
“The Narooma mountain bike trails are truly world class, and are a key driver of our visitor economy – with this new section to encourage more people from across NSW and the country to take advantage of everything that we have to offer, and to support our local businesses.
“The Narooma Mountain Bike Club was the first group I met with after being sworn in as a Federal Member in 2020, and I want to thank them – particularly, their founder Georgie Staley for their fantastic work and commitment to progressing this community initiative.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional NSW Tara Moriarty:
“From today, the picturesque Bodalla State Forest has thrown its helmet in the ring as the unofficial home of thrill seekers on the Far South Coast.
“By tapping into the popularity of mountain biking, local tourist operators now have the opportunity to further promote the region as a year-round holiday destination.
“This is an example of the NSW Government backing community projects that bring people together, assist tourism and encourage economic recovery.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for the Illawarra and South Coast Ryan Park:
“Combined with the existing Mogo trails, Tathra trails and the Gravity Eden this region now boasts an exhilarating centralised mountain bike network.
“No matter the level of experience, if you love mountain bikes there is something for you in this spectacular part of our state.
“I congratulate the Narooma Mountain Bike Club on delivering this project, which will boost the economy and leave a positive legacy for the future.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Bega Dr Michael Holland:
“The Narooma Mountain Bike Hub is another top-class class drawcard for visitors to the Far South Coast.
“By encouraging multi-day visitation in our region this mountain bike project will create jobs while supporting the physical and mental recovery of residents through fitness and recreation.”
Quotes attributable to Narooma Bike Club President Georgie Staley:
“The new trail network will have long and wide-ranging benefits not just to our local mountain biking community but also to nearby towns.
“The South coast is becoming a central hub for mountain biking in New South Wales and this will be a further boost to the sport as well as to the region’s economy.