Saturday, April 13, 2024

Pedal to metal for Bunya Mountains bike project

Works to construct a new mountain biking precinct at the Bunya Mountains are underway, bringing the region a step closer to enjoying a new adrenalin experience for all ages, Western Downs Regional Council has announced.

Council is delivering the major project under its COVID-19 Recovery Package in partnership with the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Events and Regional Promotion, Councillor Kylie Bourne said the project would bolster visitor opportunities in the region and boost the local economy.

“The mountain bike trails at Russell Park will bring a new standard of adventure experiences to the Western Downs, and we are excited to see project contractor Common Ground Trails commencing track establishment works on site,” Cr Bourne said.

“Approximately 2 kilometres of track has already been established through the natural area, with works to upgrade the Russell Park Day Use area to commence in coming months.

“Once fully complete, the precinct will include five one-way dedicated mountain bike trails loops and two dual direction shared use link trails suitable to all ages and riding abilities and upgraded facilities at the Russell Park Day Use Area.

“This project is going to be a game changer for tourism and recreational experiences here on the Western Downs, and we are excited to see works progress over coming months.”

She said the trails had been designed to be considerate of the natural environment.

“And Council is working closely with multiple stakeholders, including the traditional owners, to ensure that the project is respectful of the pristine Bunya Mountains environment and indigenous culture.”

The project is on track to be completed by June 2022.

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