Page 4930 - Week 13 - Thursday, 2 November 2017

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Loose Fill Asbestos Insulation Eradication Scheme—Implementation—Quarterly report—1 July to 30 September 2017.

Executive members’ business—precedence

Ordered that executive members’ business be called on.

Recreational cycling tourism

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (3.27): I move:

That this Assembly—

(1) notes:

(a) recreational forest trails in Kowen Forest, and across Canberra, are highly valued by the community, are popular recreational venues for cycling events, and are a cycling tourism attraction for the ACT;

(b) logging operations in Kowen Forest have recently destroyed a high quality network of trails and further planned logging operations in Kowen and Majura Pines will destroy further trails, significantly impacting the areas as riding and recreational destinations;

(c) protecting and enhancing the network of recreational forest trails, in combination with investment in urban cycling, is critical for making Canberra the genuine “cycling capital”; and

(d) several other Australian regions are currently investing heavily in mountain biking infrastructure with a view to building a mountain bike tourism industry; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) investigate options to retain existing trails in Kowen Forest and Majura Pines;

(b) conduct an analysis of the value of recreational trails across Canberra (including Kowen Forest), including their social, health, economic and recreational value;

(c) produce an ACT Cycling Tourism Strategy, and Mountain Biking Strategy, with the goals of growing tourism and recreational cycling opportunities and participation, better managing cycling resources, and improving relationships with cycling stakeholders;

(d) work with stakeholders to identify further areas for additional trail development to provide long term opportunities and certainty; and

(e) report back to the Assembly on progress in the first sitting week of 2018.

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