Pwakkenbak Trails Park – Reserve 15162, Mount Barker

Published on Thursday, 2 June 2022 at 3:00:00 PM

The Shire of Plantagenet is entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

This agreement will provide State government funding towards the development of Reserve 15162, Mount Barker. Around 10km of single-track mountain bike trails are planned for the site, suitable for a range of cyclists including those with adaptive or e-bikes.

The Shire President, Chris Pavlovich, said of the agreement:

‘We are excited to partner with DBCA to progress these trails. In addition to the social and active recreational benefit to the local community, these trails represent a potential game-changer for the local visitor services economy. They have been designed to be capable of hosting regional events, bringing competitors and spectators to stay in the area.

A number of ecological assessments have been carried out at the reserve, and we have been privileged to have local Noongar elders as project partners during the planning stages. The trails will be developed to DBCA’s best practice standard, ensuring that they are a sustainable asset that will preserve ecological and heritage values.’

It is envisaged that detailed design and construction of the trails park will commence in winter 2022.

A copy of the concept plan for the trails park is available here.

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