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BIKE PARK BROUGHT TO LIFE THANKS TO VOLUNTEERS

MORE than 300 native shrubs, trees and grasses were recently planted in the Meehan Range Mountain Bike Park by a hard-working team of volunteers.

All species planted were specially selected as they were endemic to the region.

The Meehan Range is highly valued by the local community for its recreational opportunities, but is also important for its nationally significant natural values.

The reserve is home to 10 species of threatened plants and five species of threatened animals including the endangered Tasmanian devil and eastern quoll.

Two of its threatened plant species have a significant proportion of their entire population found within the reserve – Risdon peppermint and crimsontip daisybush.

Clarence City Council Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman said the work of volunteers was of great value, and the city was better for it.

“These plants will really enhance the area, as well as support native flora and fauna,” he said.

“The mountain bike park is a hugely popular site in our city and continues to improve thanks to the hard work of many different contributors.”

A new internal carpark at the Clarence Mountain Bike Park was constructed earlier this year to accommodate the increasing popularity of the area.

The vegetation planting was carried out around the new carpark and access road to enhance the appearance of the area, as well as support the local native landscape.

During the eight-week construction period, a counter installed on the entry track recorded more than 7,000 visitors to the park, making it one of the most popular sites in the city.