Next steps in making Pioneer Valley bike trail a reality
MACKAY Regional Council is pushing ahead with its plans for a Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail, despite a lack of funding from state and federal governments.
Councillor Fran Mann said the council had purchased some land for the trail to go ahead in full.
She said this included the old Cattle Creek Mill site plus some parcels of land that run along behind it.
"We're working with the State Government on the state-owned land to get access to that to allow the track to be built," Cr Mann said.
"My understanding is the state is appointing someone to work directly with council to make it a smooth transition.
"Then once all those land tenure issues are worked through, then we will be able to look at when we can start building the track."
It is understood a State Government election promise of $500,000 towards the trail is expected to be honoured.
Government funding, which has not yet been secured, was expected to flow through once the project reached a shovel ready stage.
The project would involve a 100km network of single direction mountain bike trail spanning from Eungella to Finch Hatton in the Pioneer Valley.
Its 27 trails would navigate through Australia's longest stretch of lush subtropical rainforest of the Eungella National Park and Crediton State Forest and offer visitors more than three days of world-class riding experiences.
The council is investigating a local area planning framework for the Finch Hatton township to help develop ways for it to become a key town along the trail.
That focus would then turn towards the Eungella township in stage two of the project.
Members of the public were encouraged to share their thoughts to help identify existing features and potential opportunities for the townships.
To share your ideas, visit the online survey here.
Feedback closes Sunday, November 29 at 11:59pm.
In early 2021, there will be face-to-face information sessions for the Finch Hatton and Eungella communities.
We asked residents what they thought about the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike trail - Here's what they had to say:
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