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The Munda Biddi Trail will fulfil many eco-tourism roles. It can be viewed by some as purely a recreational facility but it is much more than that. The Munda Biddi Trail Foundation also places significant store in the trail's ability to deliver heritage interpretation to the many users who will cycle along it. It will provide users with first hand experiences with much of Western Australia's built and natural heritage. The trail alignment follows hundreds of kilometres of disused railway formations, enabling interpretation of the role of these passenger and (former) timber railways. The trail also passes through numerous towns, each with significant history, as well as soldier settlement areas, agricultural areas with a rich history and a variety of natural attractions.

Trail users will generate economic benefits and jobs to the south west forest region. It is estimated that at least 70 full time and 70 part time jobs will be created when the trail is fully developed. There is ample evidence to support such a claim. Independent market research by Colmar Brunton Research has verified that last year 180,000 people visited Mundaring to use trails and that they contributed over 52 million dollars to the local economy. Last year over 35,000 people walked the Bibbulmun Track and expended around $6.8 million dollars in doing so. The Munda Biddi Trail will have a similar beneficial economic impact on the South-West Metropolitan area, the greater South-West and the Great Southern Regional areas of this State.

From Cycling in the West, Dec 2001/Jan 2002, newsletter of the Bicycle Transport Alliance of WA.