Awaba scores $450,000 grant for new trails

The NSW State Government has approved a $450,000 grant for improved mountain bike trails in Awaba on the central coast of NSW, as part of a wider $1.5 million funds package for the Lake Macquarie region.

The grant, given to the Hunter Mountain Bike Association, will see access to the Awaba mountain bike park improved, along with the construction of four new trails.

"The proposal is to expand the facility by constructing a world-class mountain biking trail network in the park," reads a statement from independant MP Greg Piper, the State Member for Lake Macquarie (below).

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"The project offers the opportunity to draw new visitors to the area as well as increasing the length of stay for existing visitors (a longer trail network requires at least two days to experience). The key addition, aside from a longer trail network, is the ability of the trails to cater for all skill levels, including disabled riders.

"The project will cater for the increasing numbers of locals and tourists engaging in off-road cycling and introduce an opportunity for children and beginner adults to obtain the skills required to take on more challenging trails. New shelters and signage will also ne installed. The project introduces trails for disabled riders and will make Awaba the first venue on the NSW east coast to be fully inclusive."

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Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser said the grants will help the council move forward with several infrastructure projects.

“They include the construction of a world-class mountain biking trail at Awaba, a new shared pathway, public art installations and improvements to four Lake Macquarie swim centres,” Cr Fraser said.

HMBA is regarded as the oldest club in NSW, forming in 1985.

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