House debates

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Statements by Members

Cascade Forest and Blue Tier Iconic Mountain Bike Trails

1:52 pm

Photo of Geoff LyonsGeoff Lyons (Bass, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I recently had the pleasure of announcing that the federal Labor government will contribute $2.5 million to the North East Tasmania's Cascade Forest and Blue Tier Iconic Mountain Bike Trails project. This is a fantastic bit of news for the north-east of Tasmania and for sporting enthusiasts, as well as being a great boost to northern Tasmania's economy and its tourist opportunities.

With this support, new bike trails will be constructed which will boost the profile of mountain biking in the region, provide new and exciting tourism demands and opportunities and establish over 75 kilometres of mountain bike trails. This project is anticipated to create nine jobs during construction and a further 94 jobs over the longer term.

I am excited about this project. I have been a long-time supporter of this important project, and I am pleased to have been able to deliver the funding for such a terrific initiative. I commend the work of Northern Tasmania Development, the Launceston City Council, Dorset Council and the Break O'Day Council and its mayor in developing this project. I look forward to the start of construction and I welcome visitors to the great north-east of Tasmania.