Australian Botanic Garden mountain bike track closure frustrates riders

Closed: The Australian Botanic Garden bike track was once used for competition riding, but it has been closed for eight months. Picture: Rocky Trail Entertainment
Closed: The Australian Botanic Garden bike track was once used for competition riding, but it has been closed for eight months. Picture: Rocky Trail Entertainment

More than 2000 people have signed a petition to reopen a popular mountain bike track at The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan.

Support for the petition, which was only started five days ago, has continued to grow.

The track is one of the few remaining mountain bike courses in Macarthur, but it has been closed for more than eight months.

A local mountain bike enthusiast, who asked not to be named, said the track’s closure was concerning for riders across Sydney.

“When it was first closed we were told it would only take four weeks for it to reopen – that was in May last year,” he said.

“People travelled from everywhere to visit the track.

Riders enjoyed the tough mountain bike course. Picture: Dan de Witte

Riders enjoyed the tough mountain bike course. Picture: Dan de Witte

“For me it’s close to home, it’s a good work out and it’s a proper track but it’s not too hard so you can also take the kids on it.

“People have even offered to help the [Botanic Gardens team] rebuild the track.

“We just want to see [the state government] allocate the money to open the track again.”

The mountain bike track was closed last year after the invasive African Olive weed was discovered growing along parts of the course.

A spokesman for the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan said the track had been closed since May 2017, allowing workers time to remove the “dense infestation”.

“The site now requires significant restoration to return the track to a safe, useable condition,” he said.

“The Australian Botanic Garden is working on the rehabilitation process to allow the reopening of the track.”

The spokesman was unable provide a timeline for when the mountain bike track would be fixed.