Wollongong City Council has unveiled plans to transform former industrial parkland into a major mountain biking destination.
The Cringila Hill mountain bike park is a proposed 11.8km network of mountain bike trails suitable for families and beginners up to experts.
The mountain bike park will be part of a larger recreation area that will combine walking trails, picnic facilities and more.
Designed by mountain bike trail designers Dirt Art, the trail network will consist of trails mainly for beginners and intermediate riders but will also contain a loop for experts.
Cringila Hill has a long history of agricultural and industrial use, that has impressive views over the suburbs of Wollongong.
In re-purposing the area for mountain biking and community use, locals and tourists alike will have a better chance to utilize the area.
Wollongong Mayor Gordon Bradley said that their was already positive feedback about the MTB park in the area.
“Developing a master plan for a site like this provides us with an opportunity for feedback from the community to bring the mountain biking and walking trails from idea and concepts to reality, to make it the best of recreational facilities for our city.
Already I’ve heard so much positive feedback on the possibility of having a beginners and intermediate mountain bike trail in this location.”
Mountain bike parks can be a massive tourist draw card for tourists, as evidenced by the success of the new mountain bike park in Derby Tasmania, which has transformed the former mining town into a tourist destination.
It is estimated that the $3.1 million investment in Derby has resulted in an up to $30 million per annum return.
To learn more about the Cringila Hills recreation master plan and give feedback, see the council website here.
There is a drop-in information session on December 7 at Cringila Halls between 10 and 12am.
The council is accepting feedback on the proposal until January 31.
Wollongong Council is also seeking feedback from everyone in the area who cycles or who would like to cycle to inform its cycling strategy.
They is a drop in information stand at Port Kemba Pool on November 23 between 8.30 - 10.30am, or you can fill in an online survey here.