Finch Hatton MTB

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Mackay Regional Council is building approximately 95 kilometres of single-direction mountain bike trails in the picturesque Pioneer Valley, Finch Hatton and Eungella.

Due to the scale of the network, the network is being built in stages.

Stage one is expected to be completed this year and includes a purpose-built trailhead site, pump track and 14.5 kilometres of airflow trails in Finch Hatton.

Stage two, will be an 82-kilometre network that spans from Eungella to Finch Hatton and takes in Australia's longest stretch of subtropical rainforest. Planning and investigation works are underway and will continue until 2025. Construction is forecast to commence in 2026.

The network will be built to international standards and capable of hosting world-class events.

Mayor Greg Williamson said this project will put the Mackay region on the leisure tourism map and attract visitors from every corner of the world.

“Imagine pedalling through amazing landscapes, exploring trails of varying degrees and finishing up in the townships of Finch Hatton and Eungella and enjoying a cold beverage. It’s the perfect backdrop for any mountain bike rider,” Cr Williamson said.

The townships of both Eungella and Finch Hatton will act as key service hubs for the trails and offer starting/finishing points and additional ancillary services, such as accommodation, food and eateries, shuttle services and supporting infrastructure.

When fully operational, our mountain bike trails network is estimated to generate:

  • An additional 31,000 annual visitors, including 5,000 international riders
  • An additional $18.1M in visitor spending
  • More than 110 full-time equivalent jobs
  • Improved awareness of Eungella and the Pioneer Valley as a tourism destination.

Download the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails investment prospectus

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Mackay Regional Council is building approximately 95 kilometres of single-direction mountain bike trails in the picturesque Pioneer Valley, Finch Hatton and Eungella.

Due to the scale of the network, the network is being built in stages.

Stage one is expected to be completed this year and includes a purpose-built trailhead site, pump track and 14.5 kilometres of airflow trails in Finch Hatton.

Stage two, will be an 82-kilometre network that spans from Eungella to Finch Hatton and takes in Australia's longest stretch of subtropical rainforest. Planning and investigation works are underway and will continue until 2025. Construction is forecast to commence in 2026.

The network will be built to international standards and capable of hosting world-class events.

Mayor Greg Williamson said this project will put the Mackay region on the leisure tourism map and attract visitors from every corner of the world.

“Imagine pedalling through amazing landscapes, exploring trails of varying degrees and finishing up in the townships of Finch Hatton and Eungella and enjoying a cold beverage. It’s the perfect backdrop for any mountain bike rider,” Cr Williamson said.

The townships of both Eungella and Finch Hatton will act as key service hubs for the trails and offer starting/finishing points and additional ancillary services, such as accommodation, food and eateries, shuttle services and supporting infrastructure.

When fully operational, our mountain bike trails network is estimated to generate:

  • An additional 31,000 annual visitors, including 5,000 international riders
  • An additional $18.1M in visitor spending
  • More than 110 full-time equivalent jobs
  • Improved awareness of Eungella and the Pioneer Valley as a tourism destination.

Download the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails investment prospectus

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  • Project update #61 - July 31, 2023

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    Greening our trail site!

    Thank you to all the school students, contractors, council staff and community members who braved the weather on Friday and helped plant tress at the Finch Hatton trail site.

    Over three thousand trees were planted in the top paddocks of Letchford Street in Finch Hatton to help revegetate the old sugar cane paddock for the mountain bike trails project.

    The trees planted were propagated by council’s Natural Environment Centre and are native species to the area.

    Contractor Ranges to Reef Environmental Services will be maintaining the trees for the next 12 months.

  • Project update #60 - July 24, 2023

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    Reminder > we are planting trees this Friday!

    Council will be planting 4,500 trees on the top paddock of Letchford Street in Finch Hatton this Friday (July 28) to help revegetate the site for the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails project.

    If you would like to lend a hand and plant some trees, please register via council’s Eventbrite page – Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails National Tree Planting Day Tickets, Fri 28/07/2023 at 9:00 am | Eventbrite

    The details are as follows:
    Date: Friday, July 28
    Time: 10am to 1.30pm
    Location: Top paddock of Letchford Street, Finch Hatton
    Parking is available on Letchford and Cook streets.
    Please wear closed-in shoes, sun safe clothing, bring a hat, water bottle and gloves.

  • Project update #59 - July 5, 2023

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    Join us for a tree planting day!

    On Friday, July 28 (National Tree Day), council will be planting 4,500 trees on the top paddock of Letchford Street in Finch Hatton to help revegetate the site for the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails project.

    If you would like to help and plant some trees, please register via council’s Eventbrite page - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/pioneer-valley-mountain-bike-trails-national-tree-planting-day-tickets-671798185457?aff=oddtdtcreator

    The details are below:

    Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails National Tree Planting Day

    Date: Friday, July 28

    Time: 10am to 1.30PM

    Location: Top paddock of Letchford Street, Finch Hatton

    Parking is available on Letchford and Cook streets

    Please bring a hat, gloves, sunscreen and water with you.

  • Project update #58 - June 14, 2023

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    Share your Finch Hatton flood stories!

    Mackay Regional Council is undertaking a flood study of Finch Hatton to update existing flood data and inform planning for the township.

    The objectives of the flood study are:

    1. understand flood behaviour in Cattle Creek within the reach that influences risk to Finch Hatton and the adjacent road crossings of Cattle Creek
    2. understand stormwater/flood behaviour of the local catchments that influence risk to Finch Hatton and related infrastructure
    3. map flood extents and risk for inclusion in the Mackay Region Planning Scheme Flooding and Coastal Hazard Overlay.

    If you have any information on historical flooding in Finch Hatton, such as photos, rainfall records or stories, please email them to our Strategic Planning team strategic.planning@mackay.qld.gov.au by August 31, 2023.

    Once the consultation period ends, council will review all the feedback and start working on a draft study report for public comment. This report is expected to be completed by early-2024.

  • Project update #57 - June 12, 2023

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    Stage 1 under construction

    Mayor Greg Williamson, councillors, and the contractors responsible for the delivery of stage one of the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails project, J Mac Constructions, World Trail and Bike Tracks Australia, were onsite at the Finch Hatton Trailhead today to turn the first sod of the stage one works.

    Mackay company J Mac Constructions is building the trailhead infrastructure which includes the entry statement, picnic areas with shelters, amenity blocks, bike wash and open recreational space.

    Renowned trail builder, World Trail, is constructing our stage one trail network in the spectacular mountain ranges of Finch Hatton. There will be 16 trails in total measuring 13.5 kilometres. This network will be Australia’s largest cluster of airflow trails.

    Bike Tracks Australia is designing and constructing the pump track at the Finch Hatton Trailhead site. The design will include many exciting features and accommodate riders of all levels.

    Stage one is expected to be completed before Christmas, weather permitting.

  • Project update #56 - May 11, 2023

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    Do you have a planning question?

    Please send all planning enquiries and requests for flood information regarding your property via council's online enquiry form > https://onlineservices.mackay.qld.gov.au/ePathway/MRCEPATHWEB11/Web/Mobility/CityWatch/index.html?Module=ECRREQT&Class=&Type=DUTYP or email planningenquiries@mackay.qld.gov.au. We are here to help.


  • Project update #55 - May 5, 2023

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    Check out the latest mountain biking update

    Thank you to everyone who turned up to our community update session at the Finch Hatton Showground Hall on Thursday, May 4. The project team gave an update on the stage 1 works, which are expected to be completed before Christmas, the progress on stage 2, as well as a planning and economic development update. If you couldn't make the session, please click here to view the presentation. Should you have any questions about the presentation, please contact our community engagement officer Rebecca Batzloff on 1300 MACKAY (622 529) or email rebecca.batzloff@mackay.qld.gov.au.

  • Project update #54 - April 20, 2023

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    Register for Community Update Session (May 4)

    Council will be holding a Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails community update session in Finch Hatton on May 4.

    The session will include an update on stage 1 works, the progress on stage 2, as well as a planning and economic development update.

    Session details:
    Date: Thursday, May 4, 2023
    Time: 5.30pm to 7pm
    Venue: Finch Hatton Showground Hall

    Online registration is required. Please click here to register.

    If you cannot attend the session, the presentation will be made available online at connectingmackay.com.au/mountain-bike-trails after the session.

  • Project update #53 - April 12, 2023

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    Mountain Bike project marks momentous milestone

    THREE separate contracts, worth a total of more than $6.25 million, have been awarded in a momentous day for the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike project.

    Mayor Greg Williamson said the construction contracts, awarded to three separate companies, marked a huge milestone for stage one of the signature project.

    “Our Field Services crews have been onsite undertaking civil works for stage one of this project, which is exciting for the Pioneer Valley and our region in terms of tourism and being an economic driver,’’ he said.

    “These three contracts will bring the Finch Hatton trailhead and the first stage of associated trails to life.”

    Mayor Williamson said it was pleasing the major contract, worth more than $3.8 million for the Finch Hatton trailhead, had been awarded to Mackay company J Mac Constructions Pty Ltd.

    The first contract awarded at today’s ordinary meeting was for the design and construction of 16 trails, measuring 13.5km, in stage one of the project at Finch Hatton.

    This was awarded to World Trail Pty Ltd as trustee for World Trail Unit Trust, for a tendered price of $2,003,799 (excluding GST), including a provisional sum for a six-month maintenance program.

    The second, for the Finch Hatton trailhead, was awarded to J Mac Constructions Pty Ltd for $3,851,928.79 (excluding GST).

    The third tender awarded was for the pump track at the Finch Hatton trailhead site.

    It will be built by another Mackay company TKK Service Pty Ltd, trading as Bike Tracks Australia, for $395,583.

    “There has been a huge amount of community consultation done, especially with the Finch Hatton and Eungella communities, throughout planning for this project,’’ Mayor Williamson said.

    “Excitement is building and that will only be heightened with tenders awarded for stage one and the start of construction upon us,’’ he said.

  • Project update #52 - April 4, 2023

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    Save the date - Community update session (May 4)

    Council will be holding a Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails community update session in Finch Hatton on Thursday, May 4.

    The session will include an update on stage 1 works, the progress on stage 2, as well as a planning and business update.

    Session details:
    Date: Thursday, May 4, 2023
    Time: 5.30pm to 7pm
    Venue: Finch Hatton Showground Hall

    Further details will be provided closer to the event.

    If you cannot attend the session, the presentation will be made available on council's Connecting Mackay website.

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