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20/09/2010








The Minister for Tourism and Member for Bass, Michelle O’Byrne, marked World Parks Day on Saturday with the launch of track works to make two of Launceston’s most popular reserves even more enjoyable for visitors.


Ms O’Byrne said that, with the help of a nearly $300,000 Sport and Recreation Tasmania grant, volunteers and the Parks and Wildlife Service were upgrading the network of trails in the Trevallyn and Kate Reed nature recreation areas.


“Reserves like these provide an oasis in an urban area where people can go to walk, ride, play and socialise – they are important not just for the health of individuals, but for the health of the community as a whole,’’ she said.


“This work will implement the track strategy developed by the Parks and Wildlife Service to make the two trail networks environmentally sustainable and more accessible to the community.”


The track work was undertaken during working bees at both reserves by volunteers from the Launceston Mountain Bike Club, which was awarded the Trails and Bikeways Grant Program funding, and the wider community.


As part of the track strategy implementation, some tracks will be closed and rehabilitated while others will be re-routed to create multi-use networks for all reserve users to enjoy. The grant will also provide for signage at both reserves to be improved and publications produced.


“World Parks Day is about celebrating the importance of parks and encouraging people to enjoy and appreciate the green spaces they have in their local areas,” Ms O’Byrne said.


“Thanks to the hard work of everyone involved in this project, the people of Launceston and beyond will be enjoying the Trevallyn and Kate Reed reserves for many years to come.”


Former president of the Launceston Mountain Bike Club Ian Smith, new president Louisa Hay and about 15 volunteers from the club attended the working bee.


Ian Smith said the day was a milestone in terms of recognition that mountain bikes are legitimised in both reserves.


“We’ve been working with the Parks and Wildlife Service for years on this project and we’re looking forward to firming up this relationship over time,” Mr Smith said.


 "Tracks have developed over the past six years informally and technically, illegally, so this grant and the track strategy will facilitate community groups getting involved with Parks to improve these tracks and develop them in a more sustainable fashion.”


 Mr Smith said PWS has allowed club members to take a leading role in the design and implementation of the track with the end goal being to have a sustainable network of multi-use trails.


At Kate Reed a 1.2 metre section of new track was designed and developed during recent working bees. A group of volunteers from California spent last week working on the track under the umbrella group Conservation Volunteers Australia.


 


Improving our parks on World Parks Day

Tourism Minister Michelle O'Byrne (left) with Launceston Mountain Bike Club members Louisa Hay and Ian Smith at the launch of the track strategy works at Kate Reed.

Improving our parks on World Parks Day

Part of the new 1.2 kilometre section of track at Kate Reed.

Improving our parks on World Parks Day

Ian Smith (left) and Louisa Hay (right) with Parks staff Rickard Dakin and Rowena Lundie at the working bee.

Improving our parks on World Parks Day

A mountain bike rider at the new entrance to the Kate Reed reserve.