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Mountain bike trails in the Trevallyn and Kate Reed nature recreation areas are set for a major upgrade, thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Tasmanian Government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

A partnership between the Launceston Mountain Bike Club (MBC), Parks and Wildlife Service and Tourism Northern Tasmania was successful in securing the grant which will be administered by the LMBC.

The trails in Kate Reed and Trevallyn have become a popular link with mountain bikers coming to northern Tasmania to experience trails at Hollybank, and more recently at Derby.

Work is proposed for both reserves but Trevallyn has been identified as the priority to have those trails ready ahead of the World Enduro Series being held at Blue Derby in May 2017.

Mountain bike trails in Derby and Hollybank are attracting thousands of bike tourists to northern Tasmania and with Trevallyn and Kate Reed being upgraded those tourists are expected to spend additional time, and money, in Launceston.

The trails were originally built in 2011 and they have seen significant use by club events and recreational cyclists as part of the mountain bike network.

The LMBC and a team of dedicated volunteers have carried out extensive maintenance during the past five years but this year’s protracted wet winter caused significant damage.

The funding has already contributed to an extensive trail audit with specific works prioritised for repair and the LMBC has held discussions with suitably qualified contractors to undertake the repairs.

The trail repairs in Trevallyn are expected to start before Christmas.