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Early Works Funding for the Cardwell Tropical Mountain Bike Network

08 September 2021

Last year the Queensland Government contributed $50,000 of matched funding for the Cassowary Coast Regional Council’s investigations into a locally-driven proposal for a new mountain bike trail network in the Cardwell region.

The feasibility study has support from the Girramay Traditional Owners, who are represented on the Project Control Group, along with representatives from the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport and the Department of Environment and Science.

While the feasibility study is still being finalised, the proposed Cardwell Tropical Mountain Bike Network has been given a boost after securing nearly $500,000 in Australian Government funding for the Stage 1 Early Works project. This funding from the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund was allocated to sustaining tourism at Australia's iconic World and National Heritage sites and supporting regional communities to benefit from increased tourism when COVID related travel restrictions ease.

The Early Works project will create mountain bike infrastructure such as a trail head, pump track, bike wash, signage and some trail. This infrastructure will contribute to the community’s desire to build an iconic mountain bike economy in the Cardwell region.

The Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport and the Department of Environment and Science will continue to work closely with the Cassowary Coast Regional Council on the broader Cardwell Tropical Mountain Bike Network and the Early Works project.