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reCycled Cycles

posted 14 Jan 2014, 18:20 by Unknown user

A BICYCLE repair shop is to be built at Deloraine after funding was received for a workshop that will also act as a classroom. 

The reCycled Cycles project has been awarded money from a Tasmania Medicare Local grant to convert a shipping container into a moveable workshop that will be used to conduct and teach bicycle maintenance and repair by the middle of the year.

Youth Health and Development Worker for the Meander Valley, Nathan Austen, identified a business opportunity because residents and tourists have to travel 50km one way to get a bicycle repaired or serviced.

Mr Austen coupled this need with the fact there are no alternative education or work experience programs relating to bicycle maintenance in the Meander Valley to create a project where young people can receive a parallel education to the mainstream classroom.

The project aims to be a financially independent project generating income from bicycle repair, conducting courses for the general public and bike hire for the tourist market.

This will enable the facilitators to teach multiple skills from bicycle repair to small business management.

A location for the workshop is still to be finalised but preliminary discussions have taken place and it will be a short distance from the centre of Deloraine.