Danish community divided over mountain bike and hiking trails

A planned climbing and biking trail near the Danish holiday town has sparked fierce debate among environmentalists and mountain bikers.

While mountain bikers welcomed the proposal to provide family-friendly fun trails in the Mount Hallowell space on Ocean Seaside Highway, inexperienced crews called the concept arguably devastating in the bush.

Danish Environment Center collector Bart Lebbing said the Mount Hallowell space is “a really unique space as it is little or undisturbed”.

Mr Lebbing has done the Danish County a favor and advised that the venture, which forms part of the Nice Sud Regional Trail Seizure Plan, should not be prosecuted.

“Now we have animals like small marsupials and black cockatoos using this space,” he said.

“And we expect that if this nation is divided into paths or lower from there, there will probably be an approach for wild animals to come in. This would have an effect on pure flora and fauna.

Environmentalists say many people do not want the path plan to continue.(ABC Nice Sud: Mark Bennett)

Mr Lebbing said the suggestions he had received from the group were that “a lot of people don’t want this to continue”.

“I spoke to many people. [Indigenous] old people. They don’t need it to continue. “They assume it’s disrespectful to their website,” he said.

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Mr. Lebbing is concerned about the loss of habitat for native wildlife.(ABC Nice Sud: Mark Bennett)

Tons of functions in parliament

The Danish county received more than 380 online features and 500 emails and letters through the public sessions section, which ended last week.

Shire CEO David Schober said that although the project is still at the idea stage, he expects controversy over where the street quarter will ultimately be built and the path will be funded will continue for several more months.

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David Schober, CEO of the Danish Shire.(Offered: County of Denmark)

“We started the process over 12 months ago, but the mountain bike trail discussion goes back almost 4 years,” he said.

“There are very passionate people on both sides of Denmark who care about the environment and conservation, and equally very passionate people who find themselves looking for alternatives to drive Denmark’s future progress and in particularly for households and young households wishing to move to the area.”

The town’s controversy over creating its first recreational space for hikers and equestrians came after many small communities in the Southwest had well-established networks of related trails.

Growing variety of guests at cycle paths

Margaret River, Dwellingup, Nannup, Pemberton and Collie have seen an increase in customer numbers by constructing multi-use roads close to their towns.

Expertise Nannup company supervisor Mark Hudson said that Nannup has benefited tremendously from the 2 mountain bike parks he has built with the help of state authorities.

“It’s really constructive,” Hudson said.

“State authorities spend an awful lot of money on trails, it’s not just mountain bike trails, it’s all-purpose trail runners, horses, rock climbing.

“So there are new methods to encourage people to go out.

“They have totally different distances, fast, medium and long distances, clearly the success of the Munda Biddi monitor, the Bibbulmun monitor has been very, very constructive for the communities.”

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Nathan Devenport runs a neighborhood bike shop and helps out on the street.(ABC Nice Sud: Mark Bennett)

Nathan Devenport runs Denmark’s bike shop, Monkey Rock.

“I actually hear a lot about the band,” he said.

“Obviously there is a lot of negativity in the public, in the newspapers and that kind of factor. However, that is not the consensus I get from the general public.

“I think they’ve actually been missing one thing for our young people, I think they really feel like they’ve been missing one thing over the years.

“And it’s a free asset to use as soon as it’s set up. And it’s just good healthy exercise.

Mr Devenport said people who had nothing to do with mountain biking approached him on First Avenue, thinking the plan was a “really good idea”.

Applications to council are currently closed and Mr Shober said county officers were working to present the first report on the company to the council meeting in September.


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