Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert with Mad Mountain Bike Club members Ethan, Cody, Dylan and Connor, announcing $500,000 funding for the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail. Picture: Facebook
Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert with Mad Mountain Bike Club members Ethan, Cody, Dylan and Connor, announcing $500,000 funding for the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail. Picture: Facebook

$500,000 lift to accelerate Pioneer Valley bike trail

A $500,000 lift will help accelerate the design of the proposed Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail.

In a post to Facebook Monday afternoon, Julieanne Gilbert said the state government had given the money from its election commitment to Mackay Regional Council.

“This is a Labor election commitment which once completed will have 100km of track linking Eungella to Finch Hatton providing a great visitor experience for both families and serious trail riders, new jobs and $18m for the Mackay region’s economy,” Ms Gilbert posted.

Ms Gilbert said Mad Mountain Bike Club riders were “very excited” to practise on the new facility and prepare for competitions.

“Finch Hatton is planned as the trail hub with carparking, shuttle services, change rooms, an event space and possibly a cafe, in future stages,” she stated.

Finch Hatton trailhead concept one. Picture: Mackay Regional Council
Finch Hatton trailhead concept one. Picture: Mackay Regional Council

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The council released design concepts for the primary trailhead in Finch Hatton last month, developed with input from internationally recognised trail experts World Trail as well as key stakeholders.

The trailhead will be located at the old Cattle Creek Sugar Mill site because of its strong links to the town and the use of existing mango trees as a boulevard.

Community members have until midnight, April 18, to have their say on the master plan proposal via the council’s Community Connect online portal.

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