George Town mayor Greg Kieser has discussed the future of tourism in the municipality, including the highly anticipated mountain bike trail.
Cr Kieser said George Town's location at the end of the Tamar was both a tremendous advantage and a bit of a challenge for building a consistent tourism business.
"You hear from people all the time that 'if you were on the road to somewhere else, people would will stop in and do bits and pieces' ... but we're at the end of the road, so to speak," he said.
"But we have enough things here that we can make George Town very compelling. Imagine a mountain bike project with compelling history tours, as well as penguin tours and wonderful assets."
The 105 kilometres-worth of mountain bike trails is slated to be built around Mount George.
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The project received a $4.4 million funding pledge from the federal government in March, Cr Kieser said he expects that funding to be coming soon.
"I understand that our funding is imminent," he said.
A mountain biker himself, Cr Kieser said the trails will not just be something to tackle over one day.
"People won't be cycling them in a day, they'll be coming with visits over three or four days to be able to sample the variety of trails," he said.
"Whether you're an advanced guy that likes to bomb-off drops, there'll be something for you but equally we'll be able to attract the cross-country crowd and a more family-oriented audience."
"I'm pretty convinced that we'll be able to make some very compelling and very differentiated trails that will complement the other bike paths in our immediate area."
Cr Kieser added that George Town very much has the capacity to accomplish something similar to Derby, which has become a world-renowned series of trails with numerous hospitality ventures.
"You'd have to say Derby marks the best practice of taking something from ground zero to something that's very successful," he said.
"That's something we're trying to emulate, we're going to be different and we have a conscious decision to be different."
Cr Kieser said once funding had been secured, he estimates a 24-month construction time for the trails.
"Wet seasons and that will play a factor but working on that expectation, we should be delivering about 2021," he said.
"In the meantime we will benefit from a lot of smaller things as we move as a community towards tourism there's many parallel, smaller but equally pieces you have to do."
The aforementioned projects include the Regent Square Park redevelopment, as well as a number of historic themed initiatives.
"[We're] Talking with historical society and other stakeholders about productising up the historical message of George Town. Believe it or not we also have an extinct volcano at Hillwood that people aren't aware of, and I find that interesting," he said.
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