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Parklands Signage Update

Parklands Signage Update
Parklands signage is on it's way

It’s been a loooong time coming but the signage for Parklands is currently being printed and will soon be delivered and installed.

The two big maps at both the Radar Hill Road and Atkinson road side of the park are being updated to include the new trails. There will be maps installed at the junction above Double Dab and the intersection where Rock’n’roll and Rock-a-dial meet the fire road. There will also be maps at the top of Phoenix and at the skills park.

Additionally all those old map signs that only showed the fire roads are being replaced with new maps that also show the single-tracks.

We are also getting some extra icons printed up so Rookie Road, Lush, Taser and Blue Tongue can be properly signed. Also we will get some “No Entry”, “Give way” and extra directional arrows for problem intersections. So expect some trail care days to be called to get these posts and icons finally installed.

Thanks to Ranger Eugene and QPWS for all their help and also thanks to Richard Berry the original map designer. Thanks as well to all the club members and volunteers who, many years ago, advocated for a Sunshine Coast Trails Alliance (SCTA) for the repairing and building of trails across the Sunshine Coast (including the new trails recently built in Parklands).

New map for Radar Hill and Atkinson Road entrances.

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Trailcare at Ferny Forest Saturday 02/02/2019

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Trailcare at Ferny Forest Saturday 02/02/2019
Love your trails

Hey everyone,

Ferny Forest trailcare

QPWS rangers will be co-ordinating a volunteer trailcare at Ferny Forest mountain bike trail on Saturday 2nd February from 8.30am to 12pm (approx.)

If you would like to assist with the maintenance of the trail please send an email to: [email protected]

For more information on the trail, check out our webpage: https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/beerburrum-beerwah/about.html#things_to_do

QPWS Information Notice

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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 – 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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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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