Get on your bike and comment on Eungella local area planning

Community input is being sought for a local area planning framework for Eungella to support the township becoming a trail town as part of the Pioneer Valley Mountain Biking project.

This is stage two of the local area planning project, with the same process already undertaken for Finch Hatton.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the townships of Finch Hatton and Eungella were important cogs in plans for future mountain biking trails at the top of the Pioneer Valley.

He said both had been identified for trailheads for the mountain bike trails.

“It is important that we have the right planning framework in place for these two towns to help capitalise on development opportunities that will arise from the mountain bike project and the visitor numbers it will generate.”

The Eungella local area framework project will start with an online survey, which opens today (April 27) and closes Tuesday, May 25, at 11.59pm on connectingmackay.com.au.

Mayor Williamson said that survey would provide council with a greater understanding of the opportunities and community aspirations.

“The results will better inform the development of the local area planning framework for Eungella,’’ he said.

Anyone interested will also be able to pin comments and images to an ideas map.

The local area planning process being followed is the same as that previously undertaken for Finch Hatton.

“We received a good response to that consultation and are expecting a similar interest in planning for Eungella,’’ Mayor Williamson said.

“We’ve also done some direct mailouts to Eungella residents, as well as posters in the township, to help promote the consultation up there,’’ he said.