Wingecarribee Council will conduct a site tour today of the controversial proposal for a trail-bike camping experience at "The Farm" Tugalong in Canyonleigh.
The project's manager, Alex Hazlett, said that if the application was approved by the council it would be the only regional tourism attraction of its kind in Australia to comply with the highest standards of care and control in its environment.
The Farm, which borders the Wollondilly and Wingecarribee rivers, is freehold land and operates as a working farm.
Mr Hazlett said The Farm would provide a unique experience for a wide range of families who were regular trail-bike riders looking for an easily accessible, safe, and controlled, trail bike camping venue.
"We have aimed to exceed all key environmental standards to ensure The Farm has a positive impact on the community," he said. "For example, our acoustic testing results came in well under the allowable level and we have limited the number of families who can be on-site at any one time.
"This will ensure the appeal of the Canyonleigh area is maintained, while attracting tourists and providing a much needed trail-bike facility for families within the Southern Highlands and surrounding areas."
Last year, residents objected to the proposal to run a motorbike park at the property, which used to be called Tugalong Station.
The Southern Villages Group, representing the communities of Bundanoon, Canyonleigh, Exeter, Penrose, Sutton Forrest and Wingello, wrote an objection to the council describing the proposal as a "highly undesirable development".
Leading objector Terry Biscoe said residents were concerned about the impact it would have on the area with regards to noise, environmental damage and expected traffic increases.
A previous motorbike park at Tugalong Station was closed by the council in June, 2009, for not having development consent to run trail bikes on the property.
At 2161ha (5340acres), The Farm Tugalong, at the end of Tugalong Road, is the largest private holding in the Southern Highlands and for many years was operated as a horse riding facility.
The Hazlett Family has owned the property for more than 25 years and planned to make significant enhancements to the existing accommodation, camping and recreation facilities.
Mr Hazlett said he also planned to rejuvenate large tracts of vegetation and to implement strict new controls to ensure the existing scenic environment was preserved.
"We expect that the community in the Canyonleigh area will significantly benefit from the tourists that The Farm will bring to the Southern Highlands," he said.
"We have been working constructively with the council for more than two years in preparing this proposal and as long as we're here we are determined that this pristine area will remain so for future generations to enjoy."
The Farm Tugalong can be contacted on www.thefarmtugalong .com.au or on 4878 9171.