A new mountain bike network for the state’s East Coast is one step closer to completion.
Break O’Day Council mayor Mick Tucker and general manager John Brown said tenders for the project were advertised on Saturday.
Two tenders advertised were for the St Helens Mountain Bike Trail Network and the Bay of Fires Descent.
Mr Brown said the finalisation process had taken between six to eight months.
“Our focus has been on finalising, and navigating, the approvals process,” he said.
“We’ve had to work with a number of state agencies to gain approval. We want to make sure we’re doing this right.”
Councillor Tucker said the mountain bike network would have numerous benefits for the East Coast region.
“This will be so good for our community, with the social inclusion of our youth, right through to the grandparents who are going to see their grandchildren grow and ride,” he said.
“There’s an exciting opportunity, not just in the economic benefit of the initial outlay and the jobs that creates, but ongoing.”
The mountain bike network is expected to return more than $18 million back into the region’s economy annually, and is expected to create about 166 jobs.
Mr Brown said construction on the trails would begin as soon as the tender approval went through.
Cr Tucker said the project would not be possible without funding from the state and federal governments.
It was expected the project would cost about $4.5 million to complete.
Tender documents will be available from 9am on June 16, with tenders closing on August 9 at 2pm.
- For more information about the project, contact the Break O’Day Council.
- Mountain bike track will encourage tourists and locals to spend time at St Helens
- More than ‘200 direct jobs' to be created on state's East Coast
- Tasmania state government announces $1 million funding boost to develop St Helens Mountain Bike Trail
- Break O'Day Council named finalist in East Coast Driver Awards
- St Helens mountain bike trail supported by Labor