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Way paved for Hobart trails

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Mountain bikers will welcome news a new trail network is a step closer for Hobart.

The enormous success of Blue Derby in northeast Tasmania has councils around the state playing catch up; Hobart Aldermen and Councillors on Monday endorsed plans for another 37 kilometres of specially-designed tracks to snake their way around the foothills of kunanyi/Mt Wellington.

20 tracks - including 17 for beginner to intermediate riders - are contained in a plan formed with feedback from nearly 2000 people.

The City will be looking for external grant funding to build the tracks and already has enough to construct two. 

Councillor Zelinda Sherlock is confident they'll get the rest locked in. 

"The Tasmanian Government recently released their T21 Visitor Economy Action Plan, which aims to rebuild the visitor economy, so this is one of the priorities and includes a focus on niche markets," she said. 

"It's a staged plan, and we sought this extensive level of community consultation to make sure we did have that balance between runners, riders and walkers....a complete assessment will be done before any works get underway." 

It comes a week after the West Coast Council put 35 kilometres of trails slated for Mt Owen at Queenstown out to tender.