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The Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne, welcomed the Parks and Wildlife Service draft strategy for the Trevallyn and Kate Reed nature recreation areas and called for public comment on it.

Ms O'Byrne said these two reserves are both important recreation assets that provide an incredibly broad range of activities for the greater Launceston community.

"This track strategy will be a big step forward for ensuring sustainable use of the reserve by a wide variety of recreational users," Ms O'Byrne said.

"The strategy was developed after extensive consultation with users of the reserves and it contains significant changes that reflect the input of stakeholders.

"Track maintenance and sustainability was a major issue for people who contributed feedback in earlier consultation," Ms O'Byrne said.

"The strategy aims to rationalise track systems, ensure tracks are environmentally sustainable, minimise conflict between different user groups and ensure activities are consistent with reserve management zones."
Key recommendations include the implementation of designated track networks, including mountain bike preferred tracks at both reserves, where mountain bike riders have right of way.

At the Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area, the draft strategy recognises mountain bike riding as a legitimate recreational use for the first time.

Other recommendations include initiating a volunteer mountain bike patrol that would see mountain bike riders talking with other riders about appropriate use of the area and monitoring track conditions.

It's also planned to complement the existing volunteer program with volunteer mountain bike riders assisting with track management.

The Draft Track Strategy is composed of three documents; a Background Report, Main Strategy and Implementation Plan.

It is available on the Parks and Wildlife Service website here and comments need to be received by the PWS by the 1st June 2009.