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Parklands MTB Trail Project Update

Parklands MTB Trail Project Update

This afternoon I submitted our application for the Sunshine Coast Regional Council (SCRC) Community Grants – “Major Grants – Community Facilities grant”. Completing one of three grant applications we’re working on.

This application is the result of many, many hours of effort and I would like to thank everyone who helped out – including Michael (our secretary), Rob (SCTA), Helen (SCRC Grants Officer), Kurt (SCRC Trails Activation Officer), Eugene (Ranger), Kathy (NSPR Grants Officer) and the local trail building businesses who submitted quotes to us with short notice.

Once again we would like to thank all those who have sent in letters of support – they are extremely useful for demonstrating the support this project has. We still need letters for the state grant so please continue sending them in.

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Nambour Together Festival Summary

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Nambour Together Festival Summary
Michael showing how 'metal' he is at the Nambour Together mini-festival

While not mountain bike specific, or cycling for that matter, the Nambour Together mini-festival did provide us a presence in the local community of Nambour.  Michael, Julie and I talked to a few interested people about what the club is about, a few of our initiatives such as the Parklands MTB Trail Project and about the rides we do – the usual things. The highlight for me was a couple of actual clowns took interest in Michael’s fat bike validating my opinion that it’s a clown bike. Next up – the Sunshine Coast CycleFest.

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Sugarbag Trails MoU Signing

Sugarbag Trails MoU Signing
CORCA Sugar Bag Trails Map

Starting out as a few tracks snaking throughout a forest nestled between Sugar Bag Road and the Caloundra industrial estate the Sugarbag trail network has steadily grown into what it is today – 12km of tight single track littered with technical features.

As the trail network has recently been sanctioned by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the council and the Caloundra Off-Road Cycling Association (CORCA) for the ongoing maintenance and development of these trails has been drafted and will be officially signed on Saturday 6th August at the old council storage yard off Sugar Bag Road, the event will start 8am and will run until 1pm, with the signing at 8:30am. Morning tea, lunch, and drinks will be provided. Take your favourite trail care tool if you would like to lend a hand maintaining the trails.

I would like to congratulate CORCA and Kurt Martin (Sunshine Coast Regional Council) for their hard work securing the MoU and the future of the Sugarbag trail network.

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More support is coming in for Parklands

More support is coming in for Parklands

A big thanks to the following people who have sent through letters of support for the first part of the Parklands upgrade (Skills park and novice and flow trails):

  • Ryan (99 Bikes)
  • Ben (Castara Empresa)
  • Steve (CORCA)
  • Marty (EnPlusOne)
  • Susie (Go-GIRLs)
  • Tony (Nambour Alliance)
  • Greg (Nambour Rotary Club)
  • Kurt (Sunshine Coast Regional Council)
  • Paul (Woombye State School)
  • and local councilor Steve Robinson.

We still need more so if anyone wants to send in their own letters of support or know of someone else who can then use this sample letter as a guide (link) and send it through to me at [email protected]

Also if anyone knows a company or person who is happy to give us a tax deductible donation towards the work send them to https://asf.org.au/organisation/bushrangers-mountain-bike-club/ and we can give them some love on our website and through social media.

If anyone wants to offer us some other sort of support then please let us know.

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Nambour Together Festival Sunday 31st July

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Nambour Together Festival Sunday 31st July
Michael ensuring the club's expo presence is aesthetically correct

Nambour Together Poster

The club will be spruiking its activities and initiatives such as the Parklands MTB Trails Project at the Nambour Together ‘mini-festival’ this Sunday. For those who don’t know what the festival is about: “Nambour Together is a festival day that showcases the best food, entertainment, art and services Nambour has to offer with a touch of local flair.”

The event will be at Quota Park, Matthew Street, Nambour – starting at 11am and going through to 3pm.

We’re aiming to get our image out into the local community as much as possible over the next year to drum up support that will hopefully result in more members, connections, increased awareness and donations for trails maintenance and development and MTB activities and events.

If you happen to be in the area be sure to drop in and say hi.

 

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