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Monday, 3 June 2013
Page: 4775


Mr LYONS (Bass) (13:50): I rise today to place on record my strong support for the Tasmanian North Eastern Mountain Bike Development Project, which is currently being considered under the Regional Development Australia Fund, round 4. The project is a joint initiative between the Launceston City, Dorset and Break O'Day Councils and Northern Tasmania Development. These will be high-quality trails that will attract not only interstate but also international visitors to the state, creating economic activity and diversification for the area.

Another objective of the project includes new tourist, hospitality and recreation opportunities, including new business opportunities, which will assist with the re-invigoration of the north-east of Tasmania. The project includes the development of 90 kilometres of mountain bike infrastructure, mapping, signage, skills development and marketing, which will drive mountain bike tourism in the north-east of Tasmania. This project, together with existing popular tourism attractions in the area, such as the world-renowned Barnbougal and Lost Farm golf courses will make the north-east a must visit destination for all sporting enthusiasts. I have been and will continue to be a strong fighter for this important project for north-east Tasmania.