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 #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.

  • Project Update #51 - March 21, 2023

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    You're invited... to a branding workshop

    Local residents are invited to a branding workshop for the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails project.

    Council's branding consultants, Destination Marketing Store and Swell Design, will be in Finch Hatton on Sunday, and they are keen to engage with the local community to better understand the attributes and values that make the Pioneer Valley a destination of choice.

    The purpose of this session is to help develop a consumer-led mountain bike destination brand that:

    • Appeals to both national and international audiences
    • Supports the delivery of exceptional tourism experiences that will drive growth in market share and overnight visitation
    • Achieves greater tourism interest for the Mackay region; locally, nationally and internationally.

    Community workshop details:

    Date: Sunday, March 26
    Time: 1pm to 3pm
    Venue: Finch Hatton Showground Hall
    Light refreshments will be served.

    Please RSVP council's community engagement officer Rebecca Batzloff on 0460 014 780 or email rebecca.batzloff@mackay.qld.gov.au by Thursday, March 23.

    Please note workshops with also be held with local progress associations, Mackay Tourism, local businesses and the Mountain Bike Alliance. Please only RSVP to one workshop, as numbers are limited.

  • Project update #50 - March 6, 2023

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    Civil works set to commence at the trailhead site!

    Council’s Field Services team will be at the Finch Hatton Trailhead site for the next few months to complete civil works for the mountain bike trail project.

    The works include:

    • The construction of the car park
    • Internal roads and road access to the site from Mackay-Eungella Road
    • Stage 1 shuttle-access road
    • Stormwater drainage within the site.

    The team will be working, Monday to Friday, 6.30am to 6.30pm.

    Please note - there will be some minor noise and dust disturbances associated with these works. However, appropriate controls will be put in place to minimise disturbances.

    Traffic management will also be positioned on Mackay-Eungella Road, when the site access works are occurring. Please adhere to all roadside signage and instructions.

    Should you have any questions about these works, please contact council’s project manager Adam Pearce on 1300 MACKAY (622 529).

    The tenders for stage one work of the Finch Hatton trailhead site, 13.5 kilometres of trails and the pump track, close on Tuesday, March 7.

  • Project update #49 - February 24, 2023

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    Marketing company on board!

    Council has appointed Destination Marketing Store and Swell Design Group to look after the marketing and branding of our mountain bike park.

    Together, they have a wealth of experience in marketing mountain biking and destinations across Australia.

    Their work will be delivered in three stages.

    Stage 1: Research and insights
    (Global and local travel trends, consumer audience and industry stakeholder profiles, destination analysis, naming options)

    Stage 2: Consultation workshops and industry engagement
    (Meetings and workshops with local residents, businesses, traditional owners, progress associations, tourism bodies and trail builders to gain local insights. Invitations will be sent out next month).

    Stage 3: Brand strategy development
    (Destination marketing plan and brand visual identity manual/toolkit).

    This project is expected to be completed by July and will complement the signage and wayfinding package and the placemaking project that is currently under way.

    Should you have any questions about these works, please contact council’s community engagement officer Rebecca Batzloff on 1300 MACKAY (622 529) or email rebecca.batzloff@mackay.qld.gov.au.

  • Project update #48 - February 9, 2023

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    Council is commencing the strategy and concept design phase of the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails’ signage and wayfinding package.

    The strategy will consider the wider area of Finch Hatton and will be delivered in stages, recommending designs and locations for entry signage, trailhead markers, trail network maps, interpretive signage, regulatory signage and directional signs so that all points of interest in the area are captured.

    The objective of the strategy is to ensure the users of the mountain bike park and visitors to the township, have a clear understanding of the trail network and where to find supporting commercial services and recreational opportunities. The first stage will focus on the trailhead site, it’s immediate surrounds and the Stage 1 trail network.

    The project will complement the destination marketing project and the Finch Hatton public realm and placemaking project currently under way.

    Two wayfinding consultants assisting council with this project will be walking around Finch Hatton on February 9 and 10, 2023.

  • Project update #47 - February 3, 2023

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    Seeking experienced contractors for stage 1 works!

    Mackay Regional Council is looking for experienced contractors to complete stage 1 of the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Park.

    Tenders are being sought for the construction of 16 trails measuring 13.5 kilometres, a purpose-built trailhead site at Finch Hatton and a pump track.

    Visit www.qtenders.epw.qld.gov.au/qtenders to find out more.

  • Project update #46 - January 25, 2023

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    Council gives green light for stage one works

    The Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike trails project has clicked up a gear!

    At today's ordinary meeting, council approved a development application for stage one of the mountain bike park.

    The material change of use application was lodged by council via Veris Pty Ltd. It includes 13km of trails and a purpose-built trailhead, with direct frontage to Anzac Parade.

    The trailhead will include entry statements, picnic areas with shelters, amenity blocks, pump track, bike wash and open recreational space.

    The 13km of trails will be varying degrees of difficulty from beginner to advanced.

    Stage one is expected to be open by Christmas this year.

  • Project update #45 - December 15, 2022

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    Merry Christmas and a happy new year

    The Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails team would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe new year.

    We are still going through the development approval process for stage 1 works (the Finch Hatton Trailhead site and 16 trails).

    The team will update you in the new year on our progress.

    Hopefully we will be mountain biking in no time.

    Should you have any questions about the project, please contact council’s project manager Adam Pearce on 1300 MACKAY (622 529).

  • Project update #44 - November 14, 2022

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    Community update #4

    If you couldn't attend the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail Community Update Session on Sunday, November 13, at the Finch Hatton Showground Hall, you can see it here.

    The presentation features a project update, a planning update and a business/tourism update.

    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 #43 - November 9, 2022

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    Public Notification

    The Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Park (Stage 1) development application has progressed to Public Notification. Stage 1 consists of facilities, landscaping and a carpark at the trailhead site and the first 16km of the trail network.

    Between Wednesday, November 9 and Thursday, December 1, 2022, any person can make a signed and written submission to:

    Chief Executive Officer,

    Mackay Regional Council,

    PO Box 41, Mackay QLD 4740,

    or via email at Development.Services@mackay.qld.gov.au.

    The submission may support or object to all or part of the development proposal, however it must be ‘properly made’ and based on reasonable grounds and include relevant supporting evidence or documentation.

    A ‘properly made’ submission:

    • Is signed by each person who made the submission
    • States the name and residential or business address of all submission-makers
    • Includes one postal or electronic address for response
    • Is made out the assessment manager (council); and
    • Is lodged to council by Thursday, December 1, 2022.

    Council will consider properly made submissions when deciding the application.

    To review the application material, including proposal plans, search DA-2022-155 via Council’s online application portal here.

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