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Trevallyn NRA and Kate Reed NRA Draft Track Strategy

The full version of the Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area and Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area Draft Track Strategy 2009 is available for download as three documents:

Constituent maps are available as a separate PDF:

The draft strategy aims to rationalise track systems, ensure tracks are environmentally sustainable, minimise conflict between different types of users and ensure activities are consistent with reserve management zones.

Both reserves are important natural and recreational assets for the greater Launceston community.  The draft track strategy is a big step forward for ensuring sustainable use of the reserve by a wide variety of recreational users.  The strategy was developed in close consultation with the community to balance the needs of different visitor types.

Key recommendations include the implementation of designated track networks, including mountain bike preferred tracks where mountain bike riders have right of way.  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.  The draft strategy facilitates on and off-leash dog walking on many reserve tracks.

It’s also planned to complement the existing volunteer program with volunteer mountain bike riders and other track users assisting with track management.

Comments on the Draft Track Strategy closed on the 1st June 2009.

The Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area Management Plan 2008 required the preparation of a track strategy for the Trevallyn reserve. Similar issues have also arisen regarding track management in the Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area, particularly in regard to increased use by mountain bike riders.

The Resource Planning and Development Commission’s (RPDC) review of representations on the Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area Management Plan, and the Director’s Report, can be found here.