Council news: On track – bike tourism in Shire; and mosaic workshop a success

Mosaic workshop in action.

Mosaic workshop in action.

DEVELOPMENT OF BIKE TOURISM 

In partnership with CyclelifeHQ, Bellingen Council recently held workshops in Dorrigo, Bellingen and Urunga to brief local business on how they can tap into the Bike Tourism market. Attendees were given a preview of the CyclifeHQ.com website with demonstrations on how easy it is to add a business to this search engine.

Council’s general manager, Liz Jeremy said, “the Bellingen Shire and the Coffs Coast are attracting a lot of attention from cyclists and the region is gaining recognition as a world class destination for mountain bike riding.”

“Additionally, council is receiving interest from various groups wanting to hold events and develop infrastructure to cater to this growing market. 

“Council is working on a number of initiatives to cater to demand and prepare for the future. Bike Tourism can be a key economic driver for the Shire and provides a valuable opportunity to utilise our State Forests and National Parks. Bongil Bongil National Park is one of the first NSW National Parks to offer mountain biking as an approved recreational activity.”

If you want to know more about council’s initiatives or how you can tap into this emerging industry, contact council’s manager economic and business development, Michael Grieve on 6655 7300. 

WORKSHOPS A HIT 

Another successful ‘Creative Upcycling’ mosaic workshop was held recently at the Bowerhouse Reuse Centre where participants learnt how to create mosaic items from used tiles and materials. 

Council’s, Liz Jeremy said, “communities across the country are looking to reduce items sent to landfill, so Upcycling is gaining popularity as people are seeing the value of turning waste materials and old, used or unwanted products into new materials or items of better use or quality”.

“Council was happy to partner with Midwaste and offer these workshops to a community passionate about recycling. 

“We are also fortunate to have the perfect venue at the Bowerhouse Reuse Centre.”

The Bowerhouse Community Reuse Centre is open 8.30am to 4pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and has a great selection of quality recycled and second hand items including books, CDs, furniture, household items and clothing for sale.

The shop also accepts unwanted but reusable items during the opening hours of the Raleigh Waste Management Centre (open every day but Tuesdays).

Information about upcoming workshops can be found at the Midwaste website at www.midwaste.org.au along with other information on waste recovery, reuse and reduction. 

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