Narooma Mountain Bike Hub seeks funds

Narooma Mountain Bike Club has sought funding from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund (BLER) to build stages two and three of the Narooma Mountain Bike Hub.

The multi-million dollar project lies within the Bodalla State Forest, opposite Dalmeny.

Narooma Mountain Bike Club president Georgie Staley said the project needed funding to create over 100kms of world-class mountain bike trails and associated infrastructure.

"The BLER funding is a wonderful initiative of the Federal and State Governments to kick start regional areas after the bushfires and get shovel-ready projects happening," she said.

"We are ready to go. We have the design, a long-term land agreement with Forestry Corporation, a talented team who can deliver it and enthusiastic locals and visitors who want it to happen."

Ms Staley said it has been a busy but successful past few months for the club, which opened the first stage of the trails on November 27.

The club has worked with leading trail designers World Trail, economic consultants Lucid Economics, regional tourism advisors and grant writing firm Tilma Group to design the trails and present the business case and regional tourism benefits for the funding application to BLER.

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The club has already been successful in securing grant funding from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), BizRebuild and Club Narooma to help cover costs of their BLER grant application.

Narooma Mountain Bike Club president Georgie Staley thanks the community for all the support and hopes the project will come to fruition with government funding.

Narooma Mountain Bike Club president Georgie Staley thanks the community for all the support and hopes the project will come to fruition with government funding.

Ms Staley said users of the existing 30kms of trails have been showing their appreciation of the free facility by making donations to the club on their website.

Narooma businesses have also got behind the venture, where one business recently donated $5,000.

"The amount of support we have received for this project is awesome and shows that we must be on the right track in developing a mountain bike hub in our region to provide year-round tourism and the physical and mental benefits for individual riders and families," Ms Staley said.

"This is an important project for the Narooma district in so many ways and will help it bounce back after the 2020 bushfires and COVID-19."

"We have letters of support from so many people and groups, we even had a petition signed by over 300 people who took the time to give their support in the short time that the petition was available," she said.

Ms Staley said letters of support were received by, Eden-Monaro MP Kristy McBain MP, Bega MP Andrew Constance, Eurobodalla Shire Council and individual councillors, Bega Valley Shire Council, leading cycling groups AusCycling and Bicycle NSW, the Chambers of Commerce in Narooma and Central Tilba, Destination Southern NSW, Sapphire Coast Destination Marketing and South Coast Tourism Industry Association, Regional Development Far South Coast, Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Corporation and Narooma businesses.

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