Wheels turning for Mogo Adventure Trails Hub project

Mountain bikers are excited to see progress on the Mogo Adventure Trails Hub project.

A draft masterplan outlining how the Mogo region can be transformed into a world-class destination for mountain biking is currently on display for public comment.

The plan details a 155km trail network, comprising about 125km of new trail and formalisation of 30km of existing mountain bike trails in Mogo State Forest and Deep Creek Dam.

For accessibility, the network would link directly into Mogo village and Batehaven.

Mountain bike fanatic Angus Murphy of Moruya Bicycles said the trails were a long time coming.

Pedal forward: The council is seeking feedback on a draft Mogo Adventure Trails Masterplan. Image: Supplied.

Pedal forward: The council is seeking feedback on a draft Mogo Adventure Trails Masterplan. Image: Supplied.

"I can't wait," he said.

"It feels like it has been years of slow increments to get to this point.

"We are spoiled already because there's been a lot of trail fairies building underground tracks at the moment - but to have a plan and formalise the trails is what's been lacking."

Murphy said cycling has become increasingly popular and the shire needed beginner to intermediate trails.

"Trail fairies make intermediate to advanced trails which is a bit of a barrier for new bikers getting their first mountain bike," he said.

Easy flow trails are part of the new plans and Murphy said the trails hub was bound to attract bikers from Sydney and Canberra.

"Here you can ride all-year round, it's not too hot or cold, plus there's other opportunities where you can go surfing after a day's riding or to Mogo zoo," Murphy said.

The masterplan was developed by renowned mountain biking experts Dirt Art on behalf of Eurobodalla Council. It presents Mogo as an ideal base and epicentre for a nationally-significant mountain biking trail network and event precinct.

Dirt Art states the trails network has the potential to attract 45,000 visitors to the Eurobodalla shire in its first year of operation, resulting in an estimated $11.8 million injection to the economy.

Planning director Lindsay Usher of Eurobodalla Shire Council said the project had real potential to assist the shire's economic recovery following the bushfires and COVID-19.

"The draft masterplan shows that there is a whole lot to be gained in capturing what is a steadily growing market of mountain bike enthusiasts, who flock to organised events and seek out adventurous trail networks," he said.

"We have a genuine opportunity to create a world-class mountain bike trail centre that will attract visitors from across NSW and around Australia."

Council staff were also looking at potential investment opportunities to support trail development and maintenance.

Council staff will hold a community drop-in session at John Street Reserve in Mogo on Saturday, September 26, from 10am-1pm. View and provide feedback on the draft masterplan via the council's website until Thursday, October 15.

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