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News Flash!

News Flash!
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Hello folks!

Just wanted to quickly let you all know about some recent milestones and events that have happened or will be happening.

Charity Race Day

  • The recent charity race day raised over $700 for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland – thanks to all the riders, volunteers and sponsors for everything.

Membership

  • Club membership continues to grow. We now have almost 300 members and a third of them women (much better than the 6% it used to be). Thanks to the GoGIRLs and the council sponsored GOGA initiative.

Grants

  • We just scored another grant for over $13000 to help in repair work throughout Parklands e.g. bridges, rock armouring, causeways, drainage etc.
  • In the next couple of months we will be submitting a grant application for the big $150k State Government grant with help from our already approved Sunshine Coast Council grant to meet the co-contribution requirements.

Training

  • We will be starting up subsidised MTB training workshops soon and also offer free bike maintenance workshops on topics like bike fit, suspension setup, trail repairs etc.
  • We recently completed a MTBA Trail-building workshop with about 20 people from around the coast all learning the how’s and why’s of building trails.

So there is a bit of good news to brighten your day!

Michael 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.

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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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What’s next for MTB on the Sunshine Coast?

What’s next for MTB on the Sunshine Coast?
Put your thinking caps on - we need ideas!

Hey Folks,

Yesterday we sent out a post giving an update regarding the grants we currently have in place. This money will pay for new trails and training which was the most requested items in last year’s member survey.

However we need to look to the future and keep applying for more grants so we can keep the ball rolling and grow mountain biking within the Sunshine Coast.

So we ask you to start thinking about some potential projects that we can use when applying for grant money. Things like new trail ideas or maybe training programs for different rider groups e.g. beginners, women, children. The project has to be sellable to all stakeholders, be able to show how it will benefit the community and be in line with the club’s mission and abilities.

Some potential project ideas that are floating around at the moment are:

  • Marathon length trail right around Parklands
  • Bottle ‘n Glass or Mapleton downhill trails
  • Great Rides Trail Project – Glasshouse to Kin Kin
  • Skills area next to Ferny Forest green trail.

Once we get some pre-approved and planned project ideas on the shelf then it makes applying for grants a lot easier as most of the work is done and we don’t have to scramble around trying to get things ticked off before deadlines.

We will get a simple webpage made up where you can submit your ideas and we’ll have more info at the upcoming AGM so put your thinking caps on.

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Major Grant Success!

Major Grant Success!
Soooooo much fun!
Good news everyone!
This morning I received a call from the Hon Peter Wellington’s office giving notice that the club has been successful in securing the following Queensland Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing grants:

Get Going Clubs ($7500)

This grant will fund training programmes in catering for people getting into (or back into) mountain biking. Courses will include training in nutrition, strength building, injury prevention and mountain bike handling. These are skills that can apply to all sorts of sporting activities and not just mountain biking. There will be also be a women’s only option supported by our Go GIRLs.

Get Playing Places and Spaces ($100,000)

Combined with the Sunshine Coast Council Community Grant this will fund the Parklands MTB Trials Project that will deliver a ‘green’ beginners loop, progressive flow trails and various other trail work activities.

Official media release by the Hon Curtis Pitt: http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2016/11/25/sunshine-coast-clubs-share-in-governments-investment-in-sport-and-recreation

This success was the result of many hours of effort and assistance from the QPWS, Sunshine Coast Trails Alliance, the local community and the Bushrangers committee.

Additionally we thank the following people for their help and support:

  • Ryan Guest (99 Bikes)
  • Ben O’Duhring (Castara Empresa)
  • Daniel Yujnovich (Crankwork Cyclery)
  • Steve Ossedryver (CORCA)
  • Hayden Lester (D’Aguilar Range Cycling Club)
  • Marty Webster (EnPlusOne)
  • Susie Hume (Go-GIRLs)
  • John Searston (Have Fun Tours)
  • Tony Vella (Nambour Alliance)
  • Bruce Campbell (Nambour Christian College)
  • Greg Hale (Nambour Rotary Club)
  • Royce Vandeleur (Palmwoods Physiotherapy)
  • Melissa Taylor (Parkrun Nambour)
  • Mal Keeble (Sunshine Coast Cycling Club)
  • Kurt Martin (Sunshine Coast Regional Council)
  • Shaun Lauder (TAFE Queensland)
  • Paul Lowik (Woombye State School)
  • Rob Macdonald (Sunshine Coast Trails Alliance)
  • Kathy Rogers (Department of Sport and Recreation)
  • Eugene Craddock and Justin Enslin (Queensland Parks and Wildlife)
  • Local councillor Steve Robinson
  • State MP Peter Wellington

Congratulations and thank you to all involved. We better prepare ourselves for a busy 2017!

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The Queensland Government provided $107,500 to the Bushrangers MTB Club Sunshine Coast Inc for the Parklands MTB Trails Project and Beginners Skills Programme to increase Queenslanders participation in sport and recreation activities.

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This project is proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council’s grants program

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Parklands MTB Trails Project – Grant Submissions Done!

Parklands MTB Trails Project – Grant Submissions Done!
Soooooo much fun!

Today we submitted our applications for the Get Going Clubs grants. These are in addition to the recently submitted Gambling Benefits Fund grant and a Sunshine Coast Regional Council grant.

These applications are the result of hundreds of hours of preparation by many people from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services, Sport and Recreation, Sunshine Coast Trails Alliance, Council, the local community and the Bushrangers committee.

Thanks to everyone who helped us and thanks to the trail builders who submitted quotations for the work.

A big thanks goes to the following people who helped strengthen our application with their letters of support:

  • Ryan Guest (99 Bikes)
  • Ben O’Duhring (Castara Empresa)
  • Daniel Yujnovich (Crankwork Cyclery)
  • Steve Ossedryver (CORCA)
  • Hayden Lester (D’Aguilar Range Cycling Club)
  • Marty Webster (EnPlusOne)
  • Susie Hume (Go-GIRLs)
  • John Searston (Have Fun Tours)
  • Tony Vella (Nambour Alliance)
  • Bruce Campbell (Nambour Christian College)
  • Greg Hale (Nambour Rotary Club)
  • Royce Vandeleur (Palmwoods Physiotherapy)
  • Melissa Taylor (Parkrun)
  • Mal Keeble (Sunshine Coast Cycling Club)
  • Kurt Martin (Sunshine Coast Regional Council)
  • Shaun Lauder (TAFE Queensland)
  • Paul Lowik (Woombye State School)
  • Local councillor Steve Robinson
  • State MP Peter Wellington.

Now fingers crossed that it all comes through.

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