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Big MTB plans for Mount Canobolas

Following a proposal from the Orange Mountain Bike Club for a new route from Boree Creek to Federal Falls in the Mount Canobolas region, the state government has released some bigger and better mountain bike plans.

As part of the mountain's new plan of management released last week, a proposal for 63 kilometres of new mountain bike trail, as well as new signage and upgraded visitor facilities, has been approved for further planning.

The plans also include redevelopment of the summit to improve traffic flow and parking, upgrade toilet facilities and provide new lookout platforms.

The current 'Tea House Day Use' area has been described in the report as little-used, with calls for it to be re-imagined as part of the mountain bike proposal.

This would include the development of a hub area that provides facilities including cafe, toilets and services such as bike hire, transport and visitors information.

"Mountain bike riding is an increasingly popular recreational activity and further opportunities for mountain bike riding and associated facilities in the park may be provided if deemed appropriate," the report said.

And its not just off-roaders bringing a biking boost to the region.

Bicycle Network has seen first hand the growing appetite for bike riding in the area, having been running the increasingly popular Newcrest Orange Challenge since 2016.

Next year we're expecting 1,500 riders to hit the streets of Orange for a stunning ride through the rolling hills of Central West New South Wales.

Register your interest for Newcrest Orange Challenge 2020 here.

In regard to the latest Mount Canobolas plans, Environment Minister Matt Kean said he is pleased to be able to release the new plan of management, which will balance the ecology of Mount Canobolas with demands for visitor experiences.

"Any proposed development of the site would be subject to rigorous environmental assessment," with an overall aim to "improve visitor experience and safety," said Mr Kean.

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