Bring on the lycra.
Wollondilly could soon be the go-to destination for mountain bike riding if a plan to create a bike experience hub gets off the ground.
The hub was proposed as one of several potential tourism ideas in Wollondilly Council’s draft tourism plan, Wollondilly Destination Management Strategy.
Councillor Blair Briggs wholeheartedly supports idea and thinks it is a no-brainer for the shire.
“I would like to see a biking experience in the shire,” he said. “We have a lot of land and we have great fire trails.
We have a lot of land and we have great fire trails.Cr Blair Briggs
“Bike riding is a healthy activity. There is no downside.”
The strategy proposes that a central hub could include a variety of recreational biking trails with varying degrees of difficultly from beginner to advanced.
As well as a mountain bike jump park with two courses for beginners and more advanced riders and a sealed bicycle racing circuit.
“The bike hub would need to be in an area that has a large parcel of land and it would require investment from private enterprise,” Cr Briggs said.
“I encourage landowners to put forward a business case and work with council to secure tourism funding.”
Cr Briggs said there was a large mountain bike community in the area and it was a popular sport across Sydney.
“The Australian Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan mountain bike track has been closed for the past year and Mowbray Park Farmstay only holds one mountain bike event a year,” he said.
“It is tragic for the mountain bike community that we don’t have a facility here.”
The plan also suggests the hub could include a bike skills education program, mountain bike lessons, a pop-up cafe, pop-up shop, information facility and bike repair facility. The hub would likely be a paid facility.
The strategy says the shire lacks “things to do” for local families and visitors, and there is potential to introduce a cluster of paid recreational activities.
These could include a treetop canopy walkway and high ropes adventure course, a trampoline and creation centre, a luge experience and a major outdoor adventure playground including slides and zorbing.
“These types of facilities do exist in other parts of the Sydney Basin so we have to do it better and need to have a unique selling point,” Cr Briggs said.
He said now was the perfect time for residents or businesses to work with council to provide tourism assets in the shire, especially because the state government had the funds to help grow the tourism market.
The council will use the plan, which was prepared by Stafford Strategy, to lobby prospective companies.
The plan does not suggest the council will fund the projects, rather private enterprise would be encouraged to invest and deliver projects in the shire.
The plan does suggest council could incur some costs associated with increasing tourism activities.