Mount Owen Mountain Bike (MTB) Trail Builder Appointed

13th November 2020

Mt Owen Mountain Bike (MTB) Trail Builder Appointed

After receiving a high level of interest from Australia’s best MTB trail builders and a rigorous evaluation of all tender submissions, Council have appointed Dirt Art Pty Ltd to deliver the construction of 35km of trails on Mt Owen, Queenstown.

Simon French from Dirt Art is extremely passionate about the project and believes “the Mt Owen Project is one of the most unique and exciting mountain bike projects ever undertaken in Australia.”

Dirt Art are a local Tasmanian company who will bring an unparalleled level of experience and local knowledge to the project. Dirt Art, having developed the world renowned Maydena Bike Park here in Tasmania and Australia’s largest public jump park in Sydney more recently, bring a proven track record of delivering high profile projects.

Mayor Vickers said: “It’s an exciting time for the West Coast. The MTB opportunities have been designed to create jobs and should go a long way to increasing tourism visitation to the region; by attracting keen interest from state and even international MTB enthusiasts … it’s a spectacular location!

It has taken several years of planning to reach this point. Thanks to generous financial support from the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service and the Federal Government’s commitment of $2.5M towards the West Coast MTB project, Council are able to launch into this exciting next phase.

Gavin Pearce MP said “This is a visionary project by the West Coast Council and the Federal Government is excited to be on board. The West Coast offers such a unique experience and when tourists start coming back into the state, this project will ensure that the West Coast of Tasmania   is squarely on their radar.”

Minister for Environment and Parks Roger Jaensch said “The Tasmanian Government is committed to making Tasmania a ‘must see’ nature-based and adventure tourism destination, and I congratulate the West Coast Council for their efforts in developing these mountain bike trails.”

Construction is set to kick off on 24 November 2020.

Questions can be directed to mtbproject@westcoast.tas.gov.au or by calling (03) 6471 4721