The Barossa Cycle Hub was officially opened on January 20, prior to the start of Stage One of the Santos Tour Down Under. The facility, the first of its kind in regional South Australia, was officially opened by Mayor Bob Sloane and Federal MP, Tony Pasin.
The Cycle Hub represents a significant achievement for Council in terms of its continued investment in establishing the Barossa as a genuine cycle tourism destination.
The major project not only resulted in the creation of a dedicated facility and building, but the new Cycle Hub verandah and shelter areas now incorporate the exterior of the Tanunda CWA building, providing it with a facelift and bringing it front and centre into a revived town square.
Mayor Bob Sloane said the project is a great example of Council’s commitment to support local community groups and businesses whilst also strengthening tourism opportunities for the region.
“Many local businesses have been involved in this project right from the initial planning phase through to the construction and design elements; continuing on with the supply of cycle hire via the Visitor Centre and the cycling goodies in the vending machine. Thanks also to the Tanunda Town Committee for its contribution to the project with the funding of the decorative feature wall and related signage,” he said.
“The Cycle Hub has already become a focal point for the Tanunda township and has enhanced the main street precinct.
“We anticipate this facility will generate lots of interest and encourage people (both tourists and locals) to embrace the cycle culture and utilise the new facilities. The facility aligns perfectly with the recently completed Jack Bobrdige track and the overall goal to capitalise on the regions existing food and wine reputation by adding cycle and eco-tourism.”
The Cycle Hub includes: bike storage; amenities including toilets and changerooms, a bike
maintenance station, lockers for personal items, a vending machine stocked with essential cycling items and bike hire. Bikes are available for hire through the Barossa Visitor Centre and have already proved to be very popular during the month of December, with many bikes being booked out over the holiday period.
The project was co-funded by the Australian Government through the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund Grants Programme, in conjunction with The Barossa Council.
Official Opening Details
Barossa Cycle Hub Official Opening
Murray Street, Tanunda (near the Barossa Visitor Information Centre and CWA)
8.45 for 9am start