A Marshall Liberal Government will invest in developing a world-class cycling trail, working alongside the Federal and Victorian governments to have it link in with other existing bike trails all the way from Adelaide through to Melbourne.
The Great Southern Bike Trail will inject millions of dollars into our economy, linking with local businesses including restaurants, wineries and adventure tourism operators and creating jobs across both our metropolitan and regional areas.
With the entire trail stretching approximately 1,000kms, it would be a mecca for serious cyclists looking for a challenging and safe route along which to experience Australia’s southern coast.
The trail would also feature a series of tourism-focused loops around some of Australia’s most beautiful regions to cater for all levels of cycling ability – the same concept as the Heysen Trail which totals 1,200 km but caters for both serious hikers doing the entire trail and those doing day walks along shorter sections.
Australia has a rich cycling culture, and South Australia is home to one of the world’s elite stage races in the Tour Down Under (TDU).
In 2017, this international event brought 43,000 interstate and overseas visitors to our state, and generated $56.5 million for South Australia, providing the equivalent of 683 full-time jobs.
This highlights the economic benefits of cycling tourism which is worth $2.4 billion to the national economy each year.
The Great Southern Bike Trail is an opportunity for South Australia to build on the success of the TDU and capitalise on this niche high-yield tourism market year-round.
To do this requires more investment in cycling infrastructure – particularly throughout our regions, a dedicated effort to promote South Australia as a cycling destination, and support for small businesses and tourism operators to capitalise on this opportunity.
Given that, for every $160,000 spent in tourism expenditure, another South Australian job is created, an investment of this nature will boost tourism and create thousands of jobs across our metropolitan and regional communities.
That’s why we will invest in making this vision a reality.