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Bushrangers Xmas Party – Sat 8th December 2018

Bushrangers Xmas Party – Sat 8th December 2018
Pizza and 10 taps of beer at a fancy new brewery - noice!

Hello everyone,

Awwwww yeah!!

Sonja has come up with a lovely idea of having our end of year party eating ‘endless’ pizza at a new brewery at near Tanawha. So I’m assuming it’s an industrial conveyor belt process funneling directly into our mouths.

The Glasshouse Brewery lads are finishing off their build and will be ready to host us at 4.30pm Saturday the 8th of December. The address is 330 Mons Road, Tanawha (i.e. the Kunara organic markets – so you can buy some expensive rolled oats while you’re there).

Cost will be $20 each if you want the pizza and partners are welcome (as long as they talk about how awesome bikes are etc).

RSVP here – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/2018-bushrangers-xmas-party-tickets-52738543403

Regards,

Michael Johns
Club Secretary 

PS: If you don’t like beer I’m sure there will be other things to drink… and you are weird.

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2018 Outdoors Queensland Awards – We Won!

2018 Outdoors Queensland Awards – We Won!
Rob Macdonald (Trails Officer), Ben Johns (President), and Michael Johns (Secretary)

We received the 2018 Queensland Government Award for Outdoor Places and Spaces award for our efforts on the Parklands MTB Trails Project.

We were up against three other extremely good projects so our winning of this award was definitely a surprise. The panel had a difficult time sorting all the nominations down to four finalist and then a painstaking effort to pick a winner.

This award isn’t only for the club committee though. It’s also for:

  • all the volunteers who came along to the trail care days and helped,
  • the Trailworx crew,
  • all the people at QPWS SEQ Region –  especially Ranger Eugene Craddock and Pricipal Ranger Stephen Price
  • All the local businesses, clubs and schools who gave us letters of support
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council for proving a grant and for Trails Activation Officer Kurt Martin’s help
  • Queensland Government Department Housing and Public Works (Sport and Recreation) for providing a grant and for Kathy Rodgers help,
  • and to all our members for which the club exists

QORF, MTBA, QPWS and Rob MacDonald deserve special mention for their work on the 2014 Queensland Mountain Bike Strategy. This helped greatly with the project planning and grant applications.

Where to from here? We have a grant submission in to fund a number of maintenance activities within Parklands. These will bring the trails up to a standard a regionally significant MTB trail network deserves. If the funding is secured then work can begin mid-2019 with a view to have it completed by the end of 2020.

Other mountain bike related awards went to Peter Lister ( Encouraging Participation Award & Outdoor Event Award) and the MTBA (Outstanding Achievement Award). See MTBA’s post for more info.

Here’s the video introducing the four nominations for the Queensland Government Award for Outdoor Places and Spaces award:

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Sugar Bag Road Flow Trail Official opening – This Saturday 8th December

Sugar Bag Road Flow Trail Official opening – This Saturday 8th December
New date announced for the open day

Official Event Poster

Just a reminder that the official opening for the Sugarbag trails is this Saturday folks!

When: Saturday 8th December 2018 – 9am to 12noon
Where: The main event will be at the Sugar Bag Road Trails car park, between Alexander Street and Lawman Street. (see map below).

Join Mayor Mark Jamieson and Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer to officially open this exciting new facility and celebrate the thriving Sunshine Coast mountain bike community.
• Bike demo’s from major bike companies
• Local food vendors
• Numerous trails to ride.

We’ll have the club marquee set up on the day so feel free to drop in for a yarn and a lemon squash.

There will be very limited disability and VIP parking at the top. Official parking is front of Caloundra high school with a brief ride up to the event area.

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More Trails – Less Emails!

More Trails – Less Emails!
Adiós, Muchachos!

So in a few months the 2019 AGM will be held and as always on that day all committee positions are open for any member to have a crack at.

But this post is to let everyone know that Ben, Greg, Craig and myself are stepping down from the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary roles and will not nominate for any committee positions next year.

Also good for Xmas cards this year!

On a personal touchy-feely note this decision brings up confusing feelings of elation and sadness – like eating Neapolitan ice-cream blindfolded or finding a $20 note in your poop. Since Ben became President 4 years ago he has done an incredible job at rejuvenating the club and I’ve been supremely proud to stand beside him and the rest of the committee members on this journey.

So the big question is, which fresh new faces will take the helm? Will they keep the club on it’s current course, resurrect the past or steer it into uncharted and exciting new waters? You have until March so let the campaigns begin!

In the meantime we are here to help and we will get Xmas party and all the financials and administration sorted so the next committee can hit the ground running.

Now I better start shredding these incriminating…um… I mean, UNIMPORTANT documents!

Yours sincerely,

Michael “When can I drop the mic?” Johns
Club Secretary

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2018 Outdoors Queensland Award Finalist

2018 Outdoors Queensland Award Finalist

Hey folks!

Trophy is a tooth from a giant glass chain-ring

The work we all did on the Parklands MTB Trails Project last year has been recognised in the 2018 Outdoor Queensland Awards.

The Outdoors Queensland Awards (formerly known as the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards) recognise and reward excellence in the outdoors community. The Awards celebrate individuals, organisations, programs, events and activities that have been successful in significantly improving outcomes for participants, clients and communities.

The winners are announced in Brisbane on the 26/10/2018 and we are up against some very stiff and well deserving competition in our category.

Once again another big thanks to all our volunteers and Ranger Eugene from QPWS who helped build the new trails and skills park and the Sunshine Coast Council and Department of Sport and Recreation for the grants to make it all happen.

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