Tuesday, September 13, 2011

It's all About the Bike - $50K Bikeway Grant Announced for the Granite Belt

 This week the Granite Belt is all about the bike. On the day that more than 800 Cycle Queensland cyclists rolled into Stanthorpe, the  Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jan Jarratt announced a $50 000 Minor Tourism Infrastructure Grant towards construction of a 34km bikeway between Stanthorpe and Ballandean.

“Cycle tourism is a strong growth market and the Stanthorpe to Ballandean Bikeway has been a long-term vision of the local business community and tourism industry,” Ms Jarratt said.

Winding along our country lane-ways, the bikeway will start at the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre and finish up at Accommodation Creek crossing, Sundown Road, Ballandean. Along the way there will be signage, rest stops, covered picnic areas and detours to wineries, cafes, restaurants and other attractions.

Already experiencing the cycle benefits of the region, our 800 visitors are enjoying a rest day of wine and tours after a challenging ride from Texas. (Our picture today is some of the 'very fit' first arrivals)