Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trail to receive additional Federal funds for new tracks

22 April, 2016

The Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck, and the Member for Bass, Andrew Nikolic, today announced $42,000 funding for the further development of the Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trail.

Minister Colbeck said the Turnbull Government is providing $43.1 million over four years to states and territories for their tourism infrastructure needs through the TDDI program. As part of the 2015-16 round of funding Tasmania will receive $775,000 which has been allocated to 16 projects that will drive tourism demand in regional areas.

"Tourism has been recognised as a key economic super growth sector for the next decade, and this Government recognises the importance of investing in key drivers such as this project to ensure we realise its full potential," Minister Colbeck said.

"We are committed to encouraging tourists into regional areas around Australia to ensure regional communities can benefit from the success of our tourism industry. This project is a great example of a local project that creates jobs and economic growth."

Mr Nikolic said that under the Federal Government's Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) Program $42,000 has been granted for the preparation of the Master Plan for Stage 2 of the Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trail development.

"The Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trail is a development that is creating jobs and growth in North East Tasmania," Mr Nikolic said.

"Work as a result of this funding will include trail on ground research to design and layout tracks, and determine any permit and approval requirements prior to the tender and construction phase.

I have been able to deliver $2.45 million in Federal funding for the construction of mountain bike trails in North East Tasmania and it is pleasing to see how they are reshaping the economy in places like Scottsdale and Derby.

"I'd like to thank Minister Colbeck, for his work in ensuring that this very successful development continues to receive Federal Government support."

Mr Nikolic said the Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trail had recently been declared the best in the nation by the organisers of the Australian cross country marathon MTB championships and was attracting increasing numbers of visitors to Northern Tasmania.

The Federal Government is also providing $4.38 million to boost Tasmania's tourism industry through the Regional Tourism Infrastructure and Innovation Fund (RTIIF).

The Penny Royal redevelopment in Launceston received a $200,000 grant through RTIIF, the first to be announced in the electorate of Bass.

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