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Grant update and help required

Grant update and help required

Hello folks,

Proposed trail work

Proposed trail work

We are moving along nicely with the $100k grant for the next phase of the Parklands upgrade which is a novice trail, skills area and 2 flow trails (all on the highway side of the park) but we need some help with the following points.

“Community Engagement” (We need letters of support)
The grant applications require us to consult with the relevant community groups, businesses and individuals and get letters of support saying they endorse this Parklands project and why. I’ve already sent emails to schools, scout groups, Rotary, Sunshine Coast tourism and Airport and the Nambour business alliance asking for their support. So if anyone has any ideas or knows of someone who would write a letter of support then let us know or get them to send the letter to [email protected]

“Co-contribution” (We need money or material/service donations)
The grants require us to co-contribute to the grant so to get the full $100k grant we need to contribute $25k. Contributions do not have to be in cash but can be “in-kind” contribution such as donating professional services or materials. It use to be that us volunteering our time and labour to trail care was enough but now it has to be “professional” labour so unless you are a professional trail-builder we can’t count that time/labour anymore.

This is what we are doing so far

  • Applying for a smaller local council grant which will satisfy the co-contribution prerequisite of the state government grant
  • We can now accept tax-deductible donations to the club through the Australian Sports Foundation (https://asf.org.au/organisation/bushrangers-mountain-bike-club/)
  • We are looking into sourcing donations from QPWS and local business (e.g. quarries, timber yards, hardware shops, hire shops, individuals in relevant professions).
  • Sponsorship (We’ll make another post about this point later as it may be a fundamental change to the club and we should talk about it).

So if you have any ideas or offers of help please let us know at [email protected] We have until the end of August to get things sorted.

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Coolum to Wooroi Ride Summary

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Coolum to Wooroi Ride Summary
I asked everyone to pretend to be happy. Kirsty nailed it. She must be an actress or something.

CaptureThere weren’t many of us on today’s ride which was surprising considering the forecast of cold temperatures, rain, mud and the slippery rocks and roots. I for one love the sweet sounds of grit in my chain and mud on my rotors, it’s like sweeping a blackboard with a rake made of fingernails. But that’s enough sarcasm and weird imagery, here are today’s highlights.

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10/07/2016 Parklands Ride Summary

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10/07/2016 Parklands Ride Summary
The log feature along the second half of Phoenix

With a warmer than expected morning a few of us met, and welcomed Chris and Kaiden, early so we could do a few runs of the recently reopened Phoenix trail. It was a while in the making but they say perfection takes time. Personally I think this trail has good attributes as a flow trail – the berms are solid and predictable, there’s plenty of doubles to keep you from slowing down and a few unique features thrown in to mix things up. The flat part in the middle might be considered a negative but I see it as opportunity to rest a bit for the second half.

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Wide Bay XCEN Series – Race 2 Results

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Wide Bay XCEN Series – Race 2 Results

A few of us raced at the Toogoom trails (Fraser Coast) in round 2 of the Wide Bay 3HR XCEN series. By the sounds of it it was a great race that attracted local media attention.

Lots of photos available on the Fraser Coast’s Chronicle’s website.

Congratulations goes to the following members for their efforts:

Royce Vandeleur came 2nd overall, 2nd in category, Corey Chimes 7th overall, 1st in category, Peter Bigaila came 10th overall, 5th in category, and Donna Bigaila came 37th overall, and 3rd in category.

Thanks for organising and hosting a great event Fraser Coast MTB club! We love riding Toogoom.

Full results available >here<.

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QORF Membership

QORF Membership
We’re now a ‘green circle’ member of the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation.

QORF is the peak body representing the interests of outdoor recreation users in Queensland, and affirms the value of outdoor recreation and encourages all people to recreate outdoors.

QORF is the acronym for the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation, formed in 1996 as a not-for-profit association representing a coalition of outdoor recreation groups to advocate on behalf of the industry.

We’ll be tapping into this network of like minded organisations for all kinds of advice and information ranging from organising and managing outdoor activities to developing our regional outdoor assets such as mountain bike trails.
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