New mountain bike trails in Collie

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A new bike trail has opened near Collie to allow the opportunity for those with disabilities to ride through the forest.

The almost 10km-long Arklow Adaptive Trail constructed through the Arklow Forest was officially opened on Wednesday, and is designed to accommodate for hand cycles.

The trail is a loop connecting to the Munda Biddi Trail and provides access to Collie. 

It is a part of the State Government's $10 million Collie Adventure Trails initiative, which aims to establish Collie as Western Australian's premier trail adventure town. 

Environment and Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson said Collie was fast becoming an adventure town.

"Projects like the recently completed Arklow Adaptive Trail are giving people with different abilities the opportunity to experience the forest and connect with the natural environment while enjoying a challenging ride," Minister Dawson said. 

"I've already heard fantastic feedback from riders who have tried out the newly constructed Arklow Adaptive Trail and by all accounts the experience is unforgettable."

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said the new mountain bike trails have the potential to draw tourists from across WA and Australia.

"By enticing more tourists and adventure lovers to Collie to experience these new trails, we will see the flow-on effect for the local economy as visitors use services and local hospitality options during their stay."

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