LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Preserving Mt Canobolas will draw its own tourists respectful of its uniqueness

By Dr Murray Fletcher
Updated August 3 2018 - 3:43am, first published 3:00am
UNHAPPY: "Disappointed to hear our mayor espousing the anticipated economic benefits of treating our SCA as nothing more than regenerated forest," Murray Fletcher.

Orange City Council and other mountain bike devotees appear intent on comparing Orange to Derby in Tasmania where mountain bike trails have become a boom industry.

Derby was a "tiny town" struggling to stay viable following the loss of its local forestry industry.

They have recovered their economy by creating a magnet for mountain bike riders, but not at the cost of sacrificing irreplaceable conservation land.

In contrast to Derby, Orange is a bustling metropolis with a thriving tourism industry focussed on great fresh local food and superb cool-climate wine.



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