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Gilgandra launches bike hire around town

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Laura Williams

02 April 2024, 6:39 AM

Gilgandra launches bike hire around townThe bikes are located at the local visitor information centre. (Supplied)

Gilgandra has slowly but surely been delivering projects to develop their tourism and liveability. The shire’s latest launch, bike hire, should tie all the elements together. 

Gilgandra has big goals in mind when it comes to growing, including the ‘towards 5000’ population goal, as well as improving visitor numbers to the Coo-ee Heritage Centre (CHC) to 32,000 by 2024/25. 

The most recent launch will see bikes available to hire from the information centre, with the service beginning ahead of the Easter Long Weekend, available for locals and visitors to enjoy. 

"We're excited to launch the Bike Hire service at the CHC, the introduction of 8 new bikes seeks to elevate sustainable travel along the Windmill Walk and within Gilgandra, enhancing the experience for locals and visitors, showcasing the Region as a great place to Visit, Explore and Stay!" Acting Activation and Communication Manager Merscia Kouroulis said. 

Four adult bikes, four children’s bikes, and one baby seat will be available for hire. 

While the bikes are available at the CHC on the southern end of town, they can be ridden along the recently redeveloped Windmill Walk to the Gilgandra CBD, or The Precinct. 

There, the main street has continued to thrive despite the exit of Target Country, with new shops, building restorations, business expansions, and the impending arrival of the town’s library, which will be relocated. 

"The bikes are another welcomed addition to services on offer at the CHC, complementing the introduction of the EV Chargers,” Ms Kouroulis said.

“These new sustainable travel options present additional exciting opportunities within our Region for our tourism, hospitality, and local businesses to capitalise on." 

As well as their own development, Gilgandra is also a part of the ‘Real Country’ project alongside Coonamble and Warrumbungle Shires, where the recent business case was received with mixed opinions from residents. 

The bikes can be hired online via a booking form on the Gilgandra Region website, or in person via a printed form at the CHC.