Maydena’s $20m upgrade

THE hugely popular Maydena Bike Park is set for a $20 million expansion.

THE owners of the hugely popular Maydena Bike Park have put together a five-year master plan which proposes a further $20 million of investment to expand the operation.

The company wants to expand trails and facilities to suit a broader audience.

Beyond the infrastructure for mountain bikes, the park wants to diversify with a range of infrastructure and activities, including a new commercial kitchen, two new walking trails, sauna and cold plunge pool, expanded dining areas, the launch of The Local restaurant.

The Beyond the Bikes Proj- ect is being jointly funded by the Tasmanian State Gov- ernment through its Tourism Innovation Grant Program and the park owners.

“Across its first five years of operation, MBP has invested heavily in the upgrade and expansion of trails and facilities to suit a broad audience of mountain bike and general visitors,’’ the draft master plan said.

“Despite facing several immense challenges since opening, MBP has invested a further $3 million-plus into the park beyond opening, which has had a transformation effect on the park, the town, and the broader region.

“Over the next five years, MBP has forecast a significant pipeline of developments, which are intended to be undertaken by both MBP, and external developers/ investors.”

It said the main operational area at MBP has always been disjointed from the arrival point on Kallista Road, con- tributing to guest confusion, and a general lack of street presence for the park.

“MBP will be moving to activate a new park entry, which will also allow for a vastly expanded parking area. “The new arrival precinct will capture day trip guests as they drive into the town, mitigating parking issues in the town centre.

“The Arrival project is proposed to include a new amenities block (toilets and showers), a public green space, and a new bike wash and work area.’’

The Maydena Wilderness Retreat (MWR) is a camping and cabin park development proposal located on the Tyenna River adjacent to Maydena.

The project proposes to establish a number of powered and unpowered camp sites, amenities buildings, and several pod cabins.

A development application is being prepared for the project, with lodgement anticipated soon and if approved operational by late this year.

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