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CTIP is also proposing Council establish a maintenance team that would employ up to three full-time employees, as well as engage youth in community service and school-based apprenticeships.

Mr Carr says regular maintenance would make the trails accessible to electric bikes, which have become popular among riders with a disability.

“Mountain biking isn’t just young fit males blasting down a hill going over jumps,” Mr Carr said.

“It’s really for anyone who wants to be out in nature.

“The upgrade would make the trails smooth, predictable and safe, and fit for electric bikes which would allow you to easily get up big hills and enjoy views you won’t find anywhere else.”

Smithfield was the first mountain bike park in Australia and home to World Cups in 1995, 2014 and 2016, and the World Championships in 1996 and 2017.

In September last year, World Trail lost out to a Brisbane based company for a $40 million contract to build the Wangetti Trail, despite being the team behind the project’s proposal.   

A spokesperson from the State Government’s Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation said the awarded tender, Wagners Composite Fiber Technologies, had won a competitive bidding process.

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