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The Minister for Environment and Heritage, the Hon Judy Edwards, launched the construction and funding of the first phase of the new Munda Biddi Mountain Bike Trail on Saturday 15 December.

"Munda" bush/forest (and is the first part of Mundaring) and "Biddi" means path, which gives the trail a unique Australian and Western Australian identity. A unique logo is in development and brochures will be distributed very soon.

Once completed the Munda Biddi Trail will be Western Australia's first long distance mountain bike trail (estimated around 850km) and will extend from Mundaring, on the outskirts of Perth, to Albany, on the south coast. The trail is proposed to pass through many towns, communities and old forest settlements, including (Karragullen, Jarrahdale, Dwellingup, Collie, Donnybrook, Jarrahwood, Nannup, Donnelly Mill, Deanmill, Marijimup, Pemberton, Northcliffe. Shannon, Walpole, Nornalup, Denmark, Young's Siding, Torbay, Elleker and Albany.

The Munda Biddi Trail will accommodate cyclists of all ages and abilities. The trail is designed to link rural towns and communities and travellers will be able to use facilities and services as they pass through these areas. There will be some campsites similar to the Bibbulmun Track to cater for those cyclists who wish to have a more bush type experience.

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.