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Parklands “Adopt-a-Trail” – Good Idea or Bad Idea?

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Parklands “Adopt-a-Trail” – Good Idea or Bad Idea?
Call for comment - "Parklands Adopt-a-Trail"

For something as seemingly simple as moving a bit of dirt, trail-care is an extremely hot topic and everyone has a different viewpoint and strong opinions. I’ve heard countless complaints such as:

  • Kangarooiceus Judgmenticus

    “There isn’t enough trail care days”

  • “Your trail care days are on the wrong day/time”
  • “Trail care days have too many (or too few) people show up”
  • “The trails are being dumbed down/made harder”
  • “Illegal trails, links, shortcuts are being built”
  • “No signage and the maps are wrong”
  • “The kangaroos are silently judging my Taser runs”
  • and many many more.

So yeah, it’s a complex issue and there probably isn’t a silver bullet.

Introducing ADOPT-A-TRAIL!

This idea has been thrown around for awhile now and it’s used elsewhere but it hasn’t gained much traction yet due to our workload not giving us enough time to push it.

Basically the idea is that all the trails in Parklands are put up for grabs and people (or maybe teams of people) can nominate to “adopt” the trail and keep it looking swish whenever they get the time to do so. They do things like drainage, vegetation management and general maintenance. If they have a big repair/modification to make then they tell us and once we get QPWS approval we organise resources and get a team to head in there to help.

Some points of note are:

  • Must follow QPWS policies – e.g. no unsanctioned new trails or features, no chainsaws, protect the flora and fauna and other users etc.
  • No commercial interests/advertising e.g. having a bike shop adopting a trail is a great idea but the Nature Conservation Act forbids advertising in national parks.
  • If a trail is currently designated as “Blue (intermediate)” then it must stay a blue. You can’t amp it up to what it was like back in 1995 or something (unless you get the nod from QPWS of course).
  • Looks like our MTBA insurances will cover our trail care volunteers (whether a member or not) if they are doing a club organised trailcare event.

So what say you? Are you keen? Can you see any problems or issues? Email me at [email protected]

Michael Johns
Club Secretary 

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Sugar Bag Road Flow Trail Official opening – New Date Announced

Sugar Bag Road Flow Trail Official opening – New Date Announced
New date announced for the open day

Official Event Poster

NEW DATE ANNOUNCED

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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Trail Care Tips – Clearing drains in the rain

Trail Care Tips – Clearing drains in the rain
Lovin' the rains and clearin' the drains!

There is something special about doing some trail care in the rain. Just you, the trees, the gentle rain, a garden tool – it’s almost romantic.

Do some trail care in your own time and go into your favorite trail and clear out the drains. It’s easy work, does wonders for the trails and it’s something to do when it’s raining and you can’t ride.

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Updated Trail Counts and Grants Update

Updated Trail Counts and Grants Update

Hi Folks,

I’ve just checked the counters after a couple of months. The new trails at Parklands are attracting a sustained thousand rides a month and they seem to be holding up okay. You can view the stats on our Trail Care page. If you do notice issues with any trails within Parklands please be sure to send an email to [email protected] and we’ll discuss it with QPWS.

A worn timber bridge that was made worse by Cyclone Debbie’s down pour.

Also, we’ve submitted an application for round 7 of the Queensland Government’s Get Playing – Places and Spaces grant, the Sunshine Coast Council have already approved us for a major community grant that will be the co-contribution for this grant.

Working with QPWS we’re seeking to fix up all the creek crossings throughout the Parklands Conversation park. Rock armouring will be the preferred method however bridges will be installed/upgraded where needed. Additionally many ‘fall line’ trails will be reworked and drainage issues remedied.

We hope that this body of work will bring the trail network up to scratch. This will free everyone up to start focusing on future developments for Parklands and further afield. If we’re successful I anticipate the work to begin Q2 2019 and be completed around mid-2020.

In the interim, we have a Community Benefit Fund grant to spend on trail care so keep an eye out for upcoming trail care days.

Stay safe, keep riding!

Bushrangers Committee

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Trail-care at Ferny Forest

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Trail-care at Ferny Forest
Love your trails

Hey Folks,

Cheryl from QPWS just let us know that they’ll be doing some much needed trail-care at Ferny Forest next Wednesday (19/09/2018) and they’d appreciate help from volunteers.

If you can help please email Cheryl at [email protected] by Monday so they can organise everything and let you know the times.

See you there if you’re coming.

Michael Johns
Club Secretary

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