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 [the Proponents of Mountain Biking] see the iconic Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area through dollar-tinted glasses – just another piece of real estate that is ripe for development.
Over the decades the city heads have plotted chairlifts, ski runs, restaurants and other entrepreneurial dreams. The latest scheme for mountain biking is equally as incompatible with nature conservation, but has the influence of the NSW Minister for the Environment. Council, acting on the proposal put forward by Central West Off Road Bicycle Club, saw fit to lobby the minister to revise the Plan of Management for the SCA to consider mountain biking within the reserve.
63 km of new purpose-built EXCLUSIVE mountain biking tracks into this indescribably precious and small conservation environment
The concept expects to carve some 63 km of new purpose-built EXCLUSIVE mountain biking tracks into this indescribably precious and small conservation environment. It also expects to attract around 50,000 visitors annually whose trampling would further impact destructively on the last remnant.
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