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Funding boost for Cooma’s mountain bike trails
Monday, 24 July 2017
The Snowy Monaro mountain bike riding community is set to receive a boost following the NSW Government commitment of $100,000 to construct new riding trails in Cooma.
The funding will allow Snowy Monaro Regional Council to build new trails at Mount Gladstone, in continued efforts to increase Cooma’s standing as a must visit destination for mountain bike riders.
Once complete, there will be three kilometres of new trails for riders to enjoy. The trails will vary in their difficulty, appealing to beginners and even the most experienced riders.
“This is a win for the region’s mountain bike community. The funding will allow us to build more trails at Mount Gladstone and continue promoting Cooma as a great mountain bike location,” Snowy Monaro Regional Council Administrator, Dean Lynch said.
“The new trails will add to the existing riding network in Cooma. We all know the fantastic riding opportunities at Thredbo and in the mountains come summer, and this money will help us in establishing Cooma as an all-year riding destination.”
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the NSW Government is excited to be promoting the Monaro as a year-round tourist destination.
“This funding is a great example of the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to tourism in the Monaro,” Mr Barilaro said.
“With a growing number of cyclists and riders heading to the Monaro, gone are the days when Cooma and surrounds were only winter destinations.”
Snowy Monaro Regional Council and the NSW Government’s close working relationship with the Snowy Mountains Mountain Bike Club has helped develop Cooma into a favourite spot for riders.
“Investment in infrastructure such as these mountain bike trails at Mt Gladstone is an investment in year-round tourism for the Monaro and Southern NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This infrastructure will boost the growing cycling industry and continue to encourage cyclists to visit the area and experience everything the Monaro has to offer.”