$6.85 million Funding announcement George Town Mountain Bike Trail and Regent Square Redevelopment
26 Mar 2019
The $4.4 million George Town Mountain Bike Trail will comprise a trail network approximately 105 kilometres in length located at Mount George. Aimed at capturing the growing market of mountain bike trail enthusiasts, the project involves multiple trails that have been designed to accommodate users of various experience levels.
The $2.45 million Regent Square redevelopment project aims to further activate the centrally located open space in the heart of George Town through the provision of purpose designed play equipment for various age groups, concrete pathways, park furniture, landscaping, plaza areas, signage celebrating the heritage of the square and a showpiece entrance feature.
Council had been advocating for both projects as a key strategic priority with Mayor Archer welcoming the funding saying “there has been strong community support for both projects to occur, this is why Council resolved to pursue funding for both projects as its number one priority”.
Economic benefits are estimated to be upwards of $12 million to the region stemming from the mountain bike trail alone, with Mayor Archer adding “the real value in these projects is in the physical and mental health benefits gained through providing spaces for social interaction and opportunities for low cost activity”.
Mayor Archer also acknowledged “the support of the George Town Destination Action Plan leadership group and the particularly the George Town Chamber of Commerce who have been persistently advocating for these projects”.
“The funds are to be provided from the commonwealth 2018/2019 budget and do not form part of any election promise which makes this announcement so exciting, as Council can continue to lobby for election commitments for a number of important projects that will require external funding to proceed” added Mayor Archer.