Nannup gears up as a major cycling hub

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Rebecca Cotton, Brendon Morrison (Ride WA), Andrew Sandri (DBCA), Tony Dean (Nannup Shire President), Lewis Horne (NMBC), Chris Tallentire (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Forestry), Magdaleen Arangies-Grimbeek (Melo Velo), Stuart West (Forests Products Commission), Billy Wellstead (SWDC) and Tim Hutchinson (DLGSC).
Camera IconRebecca Cotton, Brendon Morrison (Ride WA), Andrew Sandri (DBCA), Tony Dean (Nannup Shire President), Lewis Horne (NMBC), Chris Tallentire (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Forestry), Magdaleen Arangies-Grimbeek (Melo Velo), Stuart West (Forests Products Commission), Billy Wellstead (SWDC) and Tim Hutchinson (DLGSC). Credit: Supplied

The State Government has committed $148,000 to the Nannup Shire Council to help establish the town as a trails hub for cyclists.

The Forests Products Commission has committed $15,000, with the remaining $133,000 coming from Lotterywest.

The funding will be used to create a cycling master plan and prepare documents which will sanction cycling trails in the Shire of Nannup.

Once the plan has been put into action, it is expected to boost tourism in the area and improve the economy.

Nannup shire president Tony Dean said the plan would match-up with their 2020 cycling plan.

“Cycling in Nannup is already quite big and is an economically huge activity,” he said.

“This will only increase with the trails hub plan, which will attract even more cyclists to the area outside of the big cycling events we host.”

Cr Dean said the thousands of kilometres of gravel roads in the Nannup shire was a unique aspect of the area which lent itself to both gravel and mountain biking.

Forestry Minister Dave Kelly said the plan would strengthen the relationship between active forest users and forest management practices.

“Forestry, alongside tourism and other industries, contribute to the economic diversity of regional communities and ensure they remain strong,” he said.

“The McGowan Government is extremely proud to be part of this project that will help drive tourism in Nannup supporting the local economy and jobs.”

The parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Forestry, Chris Tallentire, said he was excited to see such a plan develop in the area.

“As an avid cyclist myself, I’m particularly excited to see the development of a cycling master plan for the area and can’t wait to explore more of this beautiful region,” he said.

“Cycling and spending time in natural areas, like Western Australia’s forests and plantations, is a great way to connect with others and improve health and wellbeing.”

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