Mountain bike experience for southern highlands
Forests NSW is running an Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the establishment of a mountain bike park in the southern highlands of NSW, Forests NSW director Planted Forest Operations Ian Brown, said today.
"Mountain bike riding is a very popular pastime for thousands of individuals in State forests across NSW," Mr Brown said.
"We are currently seeking expressions of interest to canvas opportunities for the establishment of an iconic mountain bike experience on NSW State forests in the southern highlands region, which can be developed commercially while also providing for public access.
"Broad proposals are requested on how trails in the forests listed below can be managed and developed for commercial use as well as ensuring ongoing free public use of the facilities."
Proposals are being sought for one of the following forests:
- Belanglo State Forest
- Jellore State Forest
- Meryla State Forest
- Wingello State Forest
"Jellore State Forest is the northern most forest of the four and is close to Mittagong and potential mountain bike riders from the Sydney area. It is native forest and borders the Nattai National Park," Mr Brown said.
"Meryla State Forest is close to Moss Vale and the pretty villages of Exeter and Bundanoon, which are frequented by mountain bike riders.
"Wingello and Belanglo State Forests have a greater focus on commercial forestry operations than Jellore and Meryla State Forests."
He said all four forests offer a number of different opportunities.
"Some of these forests have existing trails and facilities, but usage needs to be balanced with commercial forestry operations. Others offer greater flexibility in terms of future development," Mr Brown said.
"We are keen to see what ideas are out there so we can consider different approaches to providing access to State forests in this area for this very popular activity."
For further information on the EOI please contact Dallas Palm (02) 9407 4243.
The closing date for submissions is 2 pm on 30 April.
Media contact: Sarah Chester (02) 6036 2110 or 0417 207 669