Applications for two mountain bike projects on the East Coast have been passed.
The Break O’Day Council held a special council meeting on Monday to discuss the Bay of Fires Descent and the St Helens Stacked Loop Network.
The applications were passed six to two.
Councillors Hannah Rubenach-Quinn and Janet Drummond abstained from voting, however this is recorded as a vote against. Councillor Kylie Wright was absent from the meeting.
West Tamar Council assessed the applications, with planning officer James Ireland in attendance to answer questions and present his recommendations.
Eco-Tas senior scientist Mark Wapstra also attended the meeting to answer questions regarding the ecological report.
Mayor Mick Tucker said the application was comprehensive and included specialist reports covering all aspects of the proposal.
“We are pleased to see all of the hard work of our council officers who have gone above and beyond to ensure that these trails will be environmentally friendly and sustainable, [and] now one step closer to construction,” he said.
“Our beautiful environment, our flora and fauna, is something we are all very proud of as a community and finding a balance between development and economic growth and the environment and sustainability is something we take very seriously and work very hard to ensure.”
The council will now appoint a trail construction company.