CHECKING IT OUT: Mackay and District Mountain Bike Club's Peter Lister and Sports Minister Mick de Brenni on the track at Rowallan Park.
CHECKING IT OUT: Mackay and District Mountain Bike Club's Peter Lister and Sports Minister Mick de Brenni on the track at Rowallan Park. Stuart Quinn

What the Minister thinks of Mackay's mountain bike trails

MINISTER for Sport Mick de Brenni jumped on a mountain bike to check out Mackay and District Mountain Biking Club's trails at Rowallan Park and was impressed with what he saw.

He was all smiles when he came off the trails after a solid hour of riding.

"These are some of the best mountain bike trails I have ever ridden on,” Mr de Brenni said.

"To have some trails here just 10 minutes from the central business district is spectacular. This facility at Rowallan Park is everything you need in a sporting facility.”

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But there is still room to improve and that's why the Minister was visiting - to turn the sod on improvements the Queensland Government put $150,000 toward.

The last time Mr de Brenni visited Rowallan Park was in the wake of Cyclone Debbie. Then he saw first hand the damage done to the trail network, which forced the park to close for several weeks.

"What we know is that non-traditional sports like mountain biking are growing a lot more than traditional sports,” Mr de Brenni said.

'Our government philosophy is to get out into Queensland, into the communities, and to meet people. It's that philosophy of meeting people that helps us make good decisions.”

Mr de Brenni rode the trails with local mountain bikers, including national champion Peter Lister and MAD Mountain Biking president Iain Masters.

The club has about 270 members including 140 under the age of 19.

Mr Masters said it was great to get the recognition for the10 years hard work to get the park where it is today.

"It's broadening our footprint and securing the future of our club,” he said.

MAD Mountain Bike Club will be hosting Mackay Schools MTB Championships at Rowallan Park on Friday.



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