13 Nov Arklow Adaptive Trail
The Collie Adventure Trails program is off to a flying start with construction completed on the 9.5km Arklow Adaptive trail.
The trail was designed to be a fun ride for disabled and abled bodied riders alike, accommodating hand cycles and giving mountain bike riders with a disability an opportunity to ride through the beautiful Arklow Forest, linking with the Munda Biddi Trail into Collie.
It forms part of the McGowan Government’s $10 million Collie Adventure Trails initiative to establish Collie as Western Australia’s premier trail adventure town, with 100km of high-quality mountain bike trails between Wellington National Park and the town of Collie.
These trails will challenge all levels of cyclists and have the potential to be a magnet for national and international cyclists and tourists.
Minister for Environment and Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson says that Collie is fast becoming an adventure trail town.
“Projects like the recently completed Arklow Adaptive Trail are giving people with different abilities the opportunity to experience the forest and connect with the natural environment while enjoying a challenging ride,” he said. “I’ve already heard fantastic feedback from riders who have tried out the newly constructed trail and by all accounts the experience is unforgettable.”
Local member, Preston MLA Mick Murray is also impressed by the new trails.
“The new mountain bike trails in Collie have the potential to draw tourists from across WA and Australia to experience this region. By enticing more tourists and adventure lovers to Collie to experience these new trails, we will see the flow-on effect for the local economy as visitors use services and local hospitality options during their stay,” Mr Murray said.
Riders are loving the new trail. “Absolute ‘expletive’ pearler” and “‘expletive’ great fun,” said adaptive mountain biker Jesse Donovan, as he was catching his breath after testing the new trail in Arklow recently.
The brief for trail designer and builder, Magic Dirt Enterprises’ John Dingey (alias JD), was to provide an easy, fun to ride green trail, wide enough to take handcycles and form one of the main loops in the Arklow trail network. Jesse’s feedback after spending the best part of the day riding was that JD had made a great trail, definitely suitable for handcycles.
Local businesses report that the new trails are already having an impact. Local winery, micro-brewery and function centre, Harris River Estate, backs onto the Arklow trails (and is brewing Arklow light beer), recently reported new visitors as a result of the new trails.
“They love what is happening in Collie and so do we! It’s great to see the WA State Government $10M investment in Collie trails starting to have local impact,” they said.