Foundations have been poured and steel work is taking shape at the site of the Barossa Cycle Hub, signalling the start of the first dedicated cycle tourism facility in regional SA.
Despite recent wet weather, the $460,000 project is tracking well for completion early in 2015.
Barossa Mayor Brian Hurn said the facility next to the Visitor Centre is essentially a one-stop shop for cyclists with showers, toilets, bike storage and hire, interpretive map and bike accessories.
It seeks to cement the Barossa as a genuine cycle tourism destination.
“The idea is that cyclists can ride to the Barossa, use the facilities at Hub and then head out food and wine tasting, shopping or sightseeing,” said Mayor Hurn.
“The aim is to capitalise on our existing food and wine reputation by adding cycle tourism and eco-tourism to the mix.
“We want to encourage local residents to leave the car at home and travel by bike as well.”
Council also aims to attract organised cycling events and generate $10,000 revenue yearly.
Paul Brown from BGI Building Group said people can expect to see some visible changes in the town square.
“People will start to see some brick infill as the structure takes shape, plus the feature brick block work which will be a focal point,” he said.
The existing CWA building is being incorporated into the facility, while the public toilets at the front will be demolished once the Cycle Hub is complete.
“We’re juggling the complexity of working in a public space, but we are confident the changes will be met positively by the community,” Paul said.
Council’s draft budget includes $189,000 for the Cycle Hub next financial year, with a further $25,000 from Tanunda Town Committee for an exterior feature wall.
The project is jointly funded by the Barossa Council and the Australian Government under the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund.