Mountain bike trails proposed for national park

Dedicated mountain bike trails could be developed under a new plan of management for Bouddi National Park.
The draft plan notes cycling would only be allowed in zone two, not the more coastal zone one.
The proposal comes in response to the construction of a network of illegal mountain bike tracks, which the report noted was a growing issue.
The draft report said the service would engage with the mountain biking community to develop sustainable mountain biking opportunities after investigating options for biking opportunities in the park.
The investigation is a priority one (to be achieved within three years) while the plan itself is a priority three (within 10 years).
“The development of mountain bike tracks will be subject to environmental impact assessment (under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979), compliance with NPWS policies and public consultation,’’ according to the report.
“Mountain biking opportunities will not be considered within zone one (conservation).
“The conservation zone has been mapped to protect fragile vegetation communities, soils and cultural values.”
The mountain bike actions are two of 76 actions in the draft plan’s scheme of operation.

SOURCE:
Website, 1 Jul 2019
Draft management plan, Environment NSW

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