Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area is under threat from a proposed mountain biking trail network. The Draft Plan of Management opens the possibility for this major development that would decimate the reserve, cause erosion, reduce natural values, fragment wildlife territories and introduce major commercial operations in such a small reserve set aside for the common good and the protection of biodiversity.
Orange City Council is proposing to turn the Mt Canobolas State Conservation Area into a national mountain biking competition venue. This threatens rare plants and animals that occur nowhere else on earth with extinction.
The proponents of mountain biking have not adequately considered alternatives to the SCA for the development of a mountain biking industry. They have adopted the standpoint that Mt Canobolas SCA is iconic and they want it for mountain biking.