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Nature funding boost grants extra mountain biking opportunities

Adventure goers will soon be treated with extra nature ventures with mountain biking, upgraded accommodation and a new glamping site.

Adventure goers – we have a new venture for you!

The $1.8 million boost for SA’s nature-based tourism sector will treat people to with extra mountain biking opportunities through some of Cudlee Creek’s most challenging terrain as well as experience upgraded accommodation in Belair and wake up in the beautiful Limestone Coast region at South Australia’s newest glamping site.

The innovative new tourism initiatives includes new customised mountain bike shuttle vehicles to expand services in the Fox Creek Bike Park within Cudlee Creek Forest as well as 20 new glamping tents and amenities in Dingley Dell Conservation Park and upgrades including to 40-year-old accommodation facilities in Belair National Park Holiday Park.

These projects have all demonstrated local conservation, community and economic benefits and as part of their development, operators will contribute to conservation programs such as restoring habitats, revegetation and rewilding projects.

The three new experiences are worth $1.8 million and comes with the Government’s Nature-Based Tourism Co-Investment Fund providing $961,000 in funding for the projects.

One of the successful applicants being offered grant funding are Escapegoat Adventures with a $48,750 grant for total project cost of $97,500. It’s a family-owned mountain biking business offering skills training, tours and bike hire at various sites in South Australia, including Fox Creek Bike Park within Cudlee Creek Forest.

The grant will enable them to expand their nature-based tourism shuttle services in Fox Creek Bike Park by purchasing a 12-seater vehicle, trailer and an AWD buggy to transport passengers and their bikes.

Adelaide Hills-based provider of mountain bike tours and training, Escapegoat Adventures, will use the grant to improve mountain bike shuttles at Fox Creek Bike Park.

They plan to purchase an additional shuttle van and trailer and an off-road buggy to allow internal shuttles within the park. This will also allow them to employ an additional driver and run more tours and shuttle days concurrently.

Owner Ian Fehler said the additional shuttle will allow them to run shuttle services every weekend, which means more customers enjoying what is a great nature-based adventure experience.

“Thanks to this funding, this will greatly increase our capacity, and allow us to diversify by offering more immersive experiences, and being able to offer shuttle services where no vehicles can currently go, with our all-terrain buggy. It’s a very exciting time for mountain biking at Fox Creek Bike Park and in the Adelaide Hills in general,” Ian said.

The fund will remain open until June 2022 or until the $5 million SA Government investment is exhausted.

To find out more visit www.parks.sa.gov.au/park-management/improving-sa-national-parks/nbt-co-investment-fund

Find out more about Escapegoat Adventures here: https://escapegoat.com.au/

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