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Mountain bike trail hits the pedal on major upgrades

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Upgrades to Singleton’s Pioneer Road Mountain Bike Track are pedalling ahead.

A development application (DA) for improvements including carpark and new trails were approved by Singleton Council at its December meeting this week.

The organisation received a $500,0000 grant from the NSW Regional Housing Fund to back the enhancements, which will be delivered in partnership with Singleton Mountain Bike Club.

Works will also include upgrades to 9.41 kilometres of existing trail, construction of 1.66 kilometres of new ones, closure and rehabilitation of 2.42 kilometres of existing trail, as well as signage and directional arrows.

Council’s director infrastructure and panning services Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr said Pioneer Road Mountain Bike Park was identified as the number one priority area in Singleton’s Mountain Bike Feasibility Study, adopted in 2021.

“Works will cement it as a destination for immediate to advanced riders… and see even more people travel to spend time in the Hunter.

“Singleton is home to an active and growing mountain bike community who have been petitioning council for a formalised mountain bike facility for many years.

“In response to the growth in mountain bike participation, the demand for places to ride and community interest, we commissioned a feasibility study to investigate opportunities for the development of a formalised, local scale, mountain bike trail network within Singleton, which zeroed in on Pioneer Park as the first place to invest in improvements as it already boasted an established trail network, and the land is owned by council.

“We know Singleton is a destination for adventure with locals and visitors alike.

“These works will establish a fantastic cross-country experience for immediate to advanced level riders, catering for most in Singleton.

“Mountain bike riding has also been identified as a key focus area in the Hunter Valley Destination Plan.

“So, this investment in infrastructure will build on cycling tourism and events that already bring visitors to our region.

“Best of all, this project will result in an incredible public recreation space for people to come together, enjoy the outdoors and have fun.”

A tender for the works will be prepared in the first quarter of 2024, with construction to begin later in the year.

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