Council gearing up for mountain bike trails construction

Published: 25 Jan 2023

Council's landmark Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike trails project is clicking up a gear.

Today’s ordinary meeting of council approved a development application for stage one of the mountain bike park.

The material change of use application was lodged by council via Veris Pty Ltd. It includes 13km of trails and a purpose-built trailhead, with direct road frontage to Anzac Parade.

Mayor Greg Williamson said today’s planning approval, subject to conditions, was an important milestone for the signature project.

“Council had the vision to create a world-class mountain bike park and trails between Eungella and Finch Hatton some years ago,’’ he said.

“Since then, we’ve been working hard on planning with all stakeholders, including the community, State Government agencies and traditional owners.

“Today’s approval clears the way for the start of construction. We envisage stage one will be open by Christmas this year.”

Mayor Williamson said the trailhead at Finch Hatton would include an amenities block, picnic area with shelters, maintenance shed, pump track, bike wash and car parking.

“There will also be entry statements, landscaping, recreational open space and pedestrian connections to Bagley Street and the town centre. We’ve also refurbished the former Cattle Creek mill administration building and retained it for community use.”

Mayor Williamson said the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike trails would be a lucrative national and international tourism drawcard.

“It is exciting that we’re about to embark on the construction of stage one of this project, which will have huge economic benefits for the region and the Pioneer Valley, in particular Finch Hatton and Eungella.”

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