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Mount Gunjin Contractor Announced
A panel consisting of representatives from Westcycle, Department of Environment and Conservation, Department of Sport and Recreation and WAMBA have awarded the contract to construct the Mt Gunjin mountain bike trails to Dirt Art from Tasmania. Expressions of interest came from all over Australia and there were several high quality contenders. The criteria that the applications were judged upon were the ability and track record on delivery of projects of this size, experience and qualifications, resources and trading history. The aspect that separated the successful candidate from the others was their experience with the style of trails proposed for the Mt Gunjin area. Dirt Art have a contemporary style that we perceive is going to broaden the riding demographic that visits the trails in the Mt Gunjin area. Construction is to take place throughout summer with the trails to be opened for the start of winter 2013.
WAMBA have been awarded a $45,000 Natural Resource Management grant from the State Government to re-align existing trails and create important new link trails to keep riders away from the Mundaring Weir Reservoir Protection Zone. Several kilometres of new trails are proposed with the goal of linking the Kalamunda Circuit to the Farrell Grove parking and picnic area. The grant will also allow WAMBA to undertake much needed environmental work to ensure that sustainable trails are provided into the future.
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WAMBA has gained DEC approval and has now completed works and signage on a new 1.5km link trail between the Black Stump pump track and the new skills loop at the Calamunnda Camel Farm. This important link is rated Green (Easy) and will remove the need for riders to utilise the busy road between these two points, providing a handy short cut back to the Camel Farm for riders on the full Kalamunda Circuit.
This trail is the first part of a larger Green (Easy) trail network.
Click on the link below to see the latest Kalamunda Circiut map.
Through lengthy consultation with DEC and the gaining of a $45k Natural Resource Management grant, WAMBA has secured the official sanctioning of the existing unauthorised but popular Warm Up trail and Scorpion trail, over in the Dell area. This also includes additional link trails to allow better trail connection into and from the area.
However significant works will need to be undertaken before this official sanctioning occurs, including trail realignments to Scorpion Trail itself, specifically to make it more sustainable and to relocate it’s current access point away from the Mundaring Weir Reservoir Protection Zone. There will also be the construction of new and improved link trails back to the Kalamunda Circuit and further works to revegetate and close some unauthorised creak and road crossings.
It is anticipated that this first stage will be completed within the next year, and forms part of a bigger proposal to eventually link over to the Farrell Grove area. WAMBA are still working extensively with DEC to achieve this goal and hopes to have some more good news in the beginning of 2013.
Great turn out for workshops in the south west re. the development of trails and tourism opportunities.
Funding announced for trail hubs project - read more at the following blog...
WAMBA are extremely excited to announce that the new Mount Gunjin redevelopment is complete and the trails are open and ready to ride!
This is the largest project that WAMBA has undertaken, has taken several years in planning and execution and substantial funding, the majority of which has come from a Lottery West trails grant. The trails were constructed by Dirt Art (thanks also to them for the photos in this newsletter).
The new Mount Gunjin trails connect with the ever expanding Kalamunda trails network to now provide around 40km of singletrack in the area.
The flag ship of these new trails are three new descents from the top of Mt Gunjin, heading north-east back towards Mundaring Weir Rd. In addition there is a new climb from the end of these trails back to the very top, a new short descent west off of Gunjin to join Muffin tops and a slight re-jig to the existing trails which will improve the flow of riders in the area. For all the details read the WAMBA newsletter...
For the past few years WAMBA has been responsible for the development and maintenance of the Kalamunda mtb trails. To allow WAMBA to focus on broader and higher strategic issues they are handing over responsibility of these trails to the Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective (KMBC).
KMBC have already made some great strides this year with a flourishing facebook group and construction of the new trails in the Scorpion/Farrell Grove area. They now have a full online presence including website and facebook page. Membership is available by donation. A minimum donation of $5 gets you a stem cap and discounts at local bike stores. Find out more about and join up at: