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Committee Positions and Roles – AGM is in 4 months

Hello Folks!

So I’ve been chatting to people about our next AGM (in 4 months) and I’m hearing things like “No way I could do what you guys do! You guys did so much and are sooo handsome and smart, and witty etc”. And that’s mostly true BUT most of that work was optional and not required to run the club, if anything we bit off way too much.

Now graphs make everything awesome so I made up this sexy RASIC chart (hello ladies!). It shows the essential tasks that need to be done to keep the club ticking over and what position should do it and also what position can back them up.

Roles and Responsibility Matrix

Now this is just a guide and can be tweaked and adjusted as the new committee sees fit or if changes occurred e.g. adding a Vice President or Social Coordinator.

So if a committee member wants to do more (like a training clinic, camping trip or a race) then you have the option to do so and it will be most appreciated but it’s not required – so don’t feel obliged.

Michael Johns
Club Secretary 

CORRECTION: Graphs are not actually that awesome in the bedroom – learn from my mistake lads.

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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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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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Grant updates

Grant updates
Soooooo much fun!

Hey Folks,

As the poor sap who somehow got put in charge of getting grants I thought I’d let everyone know where we stand at the moment.

  • We’ve received a small grant from the Australian Sports Foundation thanks to the tax deductible donations a few of us made.
  • We have put in a grant application to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund for materials needed to repair bridges throughout Parklands.
  • We have applied for the major Sunshine Coast Council Grant which will give us the co-contribution for the larger $100k Sport and Recreation grant which will be used to upgrade and repair the existing Parklands network (we did want to get it for new trails in Ferny Forest and Boneyards but QPWS weren’t ready to proceed there yet and they’ve asked that we focus on maintenance and repair and not new trails).
  • Recently the Council funded basic riding coaching clinics and memberships for new female riders. These classes were conducted by Bushrangers and CORCA.

We have successfully acquitted all the grants we received so far from the Community Benefits Fund, Council and the smaller Sport and Recreation grant. Ben is just wrapping up the big Sport and Recreation grant that was used to build the new trails in Parklands last year.

First Aid training

This money was used to purchase signage, timing equipment, more tools, timber and rocks as well as pay Trailworx to do their thing. These grants also allowed us to fund a lot of training in coaching, bike mechanics and riding skills for last year and to continue offering more this year.

Do you know a Sponsor?

Grant money is great but we can’t rely on it and there are many other worthwhile activities that need it just as much as we do. Our membership fees are small and don’t provide much revenue. So we are always on the lookout for other ways to raise money to pay for things like training, trail work and events.

So if you know of someone that could provide some sort of sponsorship then get them to contact us at [email protected] and we can see how we can help each other.

Happy Trails!

Michael “Rookie Ride Record Holder” Johns
Club Secretary

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Welcome to the new 2018 Bush Rangers MTB Committee

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Welcome to the new 2018 Bush Rangers MTB Committee
Thanks to all those who came to the 2018 AGM

Hello everyone,

The full 2018 annual report will be coming out soon but we wanted to quickly introduce you to your new committee for 2018.

  • President – Ben “OK but this is the LAST year” Johns is happy to stay in the position for 1 more year so he can flash his recent MTBA trophy around a bit more.
  • Vice President – Welcome to Greg “Sure! Why not! I love clamps” Smith who has volunteered for the VP position. He will be in charge of all vices.
  • Secretary – Michael “I’m just here for the pizza” Johns will stay in the role but is planning a career change so may have to move away from role.
  • Treasurer – Craig “Why did I buy a bloody fatbike” Pearson is happy to stay on in the role.
  • Women’s Advocacy Officer – Susie <High pitch squeal> Hume is happy to stay on in the role.
  • Trails Officer – Rob “I haven’t slept in 4 years” Macdonald will stay in the role.

We’ve removed the roles of Social Coordinator and Away Ride Coordinator and instead created a Social team that people can join and offer their help for any events and submit ideas for events and away rides.

We have also created a trail care team and a race planning team for people to join and help in the creation and organisation of trails and races.

Thanks to people who volunteered for the committee and the people who came to the AGM. Also a big thanks to Greg Bright and Cortney and Martijn for their help last year in the Social Coordinator and Away Rides Coordinator roles.

OK 2018! Let’s see what you got!

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