While we agree that the foothills of kunanyi provide a popular and valued resource for local mountain bike riders, their interests should not be considered in isolation from kunanyi’s high natural and cultural values including a long history of recreational use by walkers.

There is potential for a good outcome for riders, walkers and the environment if a more holistic approach is adopted to creating a track network which recognises the needs and concerns of both user groups and environmental constraints.

Therefore the TNPA proposes a minimum number of new mountain bike tracks to address the legitimate desires of local mountain bike riders for improved connectivity while simultaneously addressing the concerns of walkers by proposing that several existing shared use tracks revert to walking only.

Mountain bike on kunanyi/Mt Wellington. Photo: HCC/Dirt Art

The Tasmanian National Parks Association offers an independent voice for Tasmania’s national parks and reserves, to ensure they are managed for the conservation of the values for which they were proclaimed.