10 April, 2021
$500,000 grant to design bike network
The Palaszczuk Government has given the Mackay Regional Council $500,000 to design its Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike trail network.
Mackay Regional Council’s Mayor Greg Williamson, said ‘the trail will also create more opportunities for adventure tourism and show visitors that Mackay has variety of terrains for them explore’.
Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert added that the planned mountain track network would deliver a new tourist visitor experience, create new jobs and $18 million in new tourist income.
“Mackay’s Regional Council predicts the trails could bring 31,000 visitors a year to the Pioneer Valley which will help the region’s economic recovery,” Mrs Gilbert said.
“Once completed, the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail is planned to have 100-kilometres of track, linking Eungella to Finch Hatton.
“Then Mackay will have an epic adventure, 100-kilometre trail network at Finch Hatton which will bring a new generation of eco-visitors to our region.
“It’s planned as a three-day adventure of great riding experiences for both families and serious trail riders.
“The Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail network is an investment in local jobs which will support 38 people during construction and up to 100 jobs once operational.
“We’re delivering on a Palaszczuk Government election commitment by providing the Mackay Regional Council with the funds to plan the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike trail network.”
Last week, Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and Mackay’s Mayor Greg Williamson flew in a helicopter over the proposed trail network.
“To get a birds-eye-view of some of the best terrain in the Mackay hinterland was just magnificent,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Mayor Williamson is genuinely excited about the potential of this project and I can see why.
“Pioneer Valley’s glorious countryside and the planned mountain bike trail proves Queensland really is the place to be.
“It will create a new dimension in hinterland tourism and encourage more visitors in search of adventure to explore the Mackay region.”