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Minister for sport and recreation Mick Murray and WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson want Western Australia to transform into an international mountain biking destination.

A master plan maps out bike trails

Priority bike trail sites in the Perth Hills, Wungong and Dwellingup area were identified in a master plan released this week by Western Australian Environment Minister Stephen Dawson and WA Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray.

The push to transform Western Australia into an international mountain biking destination received a significant boost on Wednesday with the release of the Perth and Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan.

Mr Murray said the new plan proposed the expansion of the current network of nine trail sites from 125km to 575km spread across 24 trail sites.

“This plan not only encourages people to get outdoors and participate in one of the world’s fastest growing sports, but it also identifies major opportunities to create trail towns in WA,” he said.

“Creating more urban and bushland trails that are easy to access from metropolitan areas will not only encourage local participation, but open up new tourism and economic opportunities for the state.”

Mr Dawson said sites of potential national significance in the Perth Hills, Wungong and Dwellingup; and regionally significant opportunities in the Swan Valley, Jarrahdale and Yanchep were  identified and prioritised.

“The Perth and Peel regions include some of the most unique and picturesque landscapes in the world, so today we are really focused on making the environment the motivation for people seeking adventure-based tourism,” he said.

“The aim is to provide exceptional experiences for mountain bikers while also protecting the natural environment by creating a diverse mix of trail types and mountain biking centres.”

The plan was developed by WestCycle, with support from the WA Government, Lotterywest and the West Australian Mountain Bike Association.

If you are interested in viewing the full details of the plan it can be found at www.westcycle.org.au

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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