Track extension backed

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The two leading Capes mountain biking groups have welcomed the progression of the Wadandi Track, which they say is an opportunity to cement the region as a mountain biking destination.

Formally known as Rails to Trails, the Wadandi Track is open to cyclists and walkers and, once complete, will provide a 108km standalone track linking Busselton to Augusta via Vasse, Cowaramup, Margaret River and Witchcliffe.

City of Busselton engineering and works services director Oliver Darby said in the Busselton area, the track was already built from the jetty to Vasse and progress was being made towards Marybrook.

“Construction of the trail, which will link Geographe Bay to Flinders Bay along the old rail corridor, is expected to take several years and remains subject to external funding availability,” he said. Cape Mountain Bikers secretary Roman Vock said although the extension was important to promote riding in the region, the track was not usually used by experienced mountain bikers.

He said the track was an ideal trail for families and beginners who were starting out but for an experienced rider, the track was of “no interest”.

But Mr Vock said tourism opportunities existed if the track could link local producers along the way. The opportunity to extend the track was raised in the recent Leeuwin-Naturaliste 2050 Cycling Strategy Draft, which Mr Vock said was a big step.

Margaret River Off Road Cycling Association president John Dingey said the track was an integral part of the cycle networks in the region and its extension would further promote mountain biking.

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