Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the safety of mountain bike enthusiasts and other cyclists will be boosted with the announcement of a $345,000 shared pathway along Forest Road.

Mr Anderson said the project involves the construction of a 910m long, 2500mm wide concrete shared path from the intersection of Monteray Street to the Tamworth Mountain Bike Club. 

“An additional 120m wet-weather shared path will also be constructed to provide all-weather access. 

“This project will provide a key link to the Tamworth Mountain Bike Club and greatly improve the safety of patrons accessing this wonderful facility. 

“Tamworth Mountain Bike Park is the only public mountain bike reserve in the region and was developed by Tamworth Mountain Bike Club.

“Currently cyclists have to ride along a narrow road with a speed limit of 80 km in order to reach the park from Tamworth. 

“The construction of the shared path is expected to increase usage of the Mountain Bike Park, particularly by younger users who do not yet have their driver's licenses.

“There is also room for future expansion works of this shared path, continuing from the Park to the areas of Forest Hills and Moore Creek. This would involve a further 2100m of shared path and provide a key link to Tamworth. 

“This project also promotes an active lifestyle for the community, in particular those accessing the TMBP, and will likely result in increased usage of this sporting facility,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Earlier this year Mr Anderson announced $165,000 for the Tamworth Mountain Bike for stage two of the park’s extension. 

With the grant the Mountain Bike Club can extend their facility to include toilets and covered picnic seating, bike stands and play equipment for children as well as a walking trail with information about local Aboriginal heritage.

Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson with Tamworth Regional Council Deputy Mayor, Cr Phil Betts at Tamworth Mountain Bike Park.

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