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 #41 - October 31, 2022

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    Public Realm Project Update #1

    Council is commencing the concept phase for the first public realm, connectivity and placemaking project within Finch Hatton, to support the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike project and local businesses.

    As Finch Hatton is envisaged to become the principal trail town, upgrades to basic public realm infrastructure on Mackay-Eungella Road and Anzac Parade are required to improve connectivity for people walking, cycling, and micro-mobility use (such as shared footpaths, safe pedestrian crossings and high-quality and resilient paved surface treatments), as well as accessibility (parking) and public amenity (street furniture, signage to attractions, landscaping, shade, and opportunities for outdoor activities).

    Three consultants assisting council with this project will be walking around Finch Hatton on the first and second of November, 2022. They will be accompanied by the project’s strategic planner to further understand the movement patterns and character of the township.

    For any queries relating to this project please contact, Justine Goddard, Strategic Planner, on 4961 9641 or email Justine.goddard@mackay.qld.gov.au.

  • Project update #40 - October 19, 2022

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    Save the date - Community Update Session (November 13)

    Council will be holding a Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails community update session in Finch Hatton on Sunday, November 13.

    The session will include a project update, a planning update and a business/tourism update.

    Session details:

    Date: Sunday, November 13, 2022

    Time: 10am to 11.30am

    Venue: Finch Hatton Showground Hall

    Online registration is required. Please visit Eventbrite 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.

    Should you require any further information, please visit connectingmackay.com.au/mountain-bike-trails or contact council’s community engagement officer Rebecca Batzloff on 1300 MACKAY (622 529) or email rebecca.batzloff@mackay.qld.gov.au.

  • Project update #39 - October 13, 2022

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    Mountain Bike Trails still going head

    The Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail (PVMBT) project is still going ahead, despite the Queensland Government’s plans to build a pumped hydro scheme in the Pioneer-Burdekin area.

    Based on the information given to council, and the likely timing of the project, it appears there will be no impacts on the ability of council to deliver the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail Project.

    The PVMTB Project is expected to be constructed between 2023 and 2025 which would precede any works on the proposed Pioneer-Burdekin pumped hydro scheme. At this stage there is no suggestion to change our plans or timing of the delivery of the mountain bike project.

    Council will be holding another community update session in November to provide residents with a project update.

    Should you have any questions about the mountain bike trail project, please contact council’s community engagement team on 1300 MACKAY (622 529) or email engagement@mackay.qld.gov.au.


  • Project update #38 - September 14, 2022

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    Mentoring program sets Pioneer Valley business on the right path

    Things are buzzing in the Pioneer Valley, especially for local business CannonBee.

    The family-owned and Eungella based business uses natural beekeeping practices to produce raw honey and beeswax products, including Eungella Raw Rainforest Honey and Propolis and Raw Honey Face Polish.

    Business owner Janine Cannon recently participated in the second round of council's one-on-one tailored mentoring program for small business owners.

    Mrs Cannon said the program offered a fantastic opportunity to learn how to leverage off the growing tourism market in the Pioneer Valley.

    "We are mostly a product-based business, so it has been wonderful to get some expert advice on how we can move into more education focussed aspects such as hosting tours and workshops on beekeeping," Mrs Cannon said.

    Mayor Greg Williamson said this current round of the program had been aimed at existing businesses, as well as start-ups with a business idea that supported the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails.

    "Council is investing in the program as part of our ongoing commitment to growing the visitor economy and ensuring the Mackay region continues to grow as a highly-regarded leisure destination," Mayor Williamson said.

    "We want the Mackay region to be front of mind for travellers seeking nature experiences and we want to offer a high standard of experiences for them to enjoy while visiting," he said.

    Council offers a free five-part webinar series focused on business development for businesses in the Pioneer Valley. They are available on council's website at https://bit.ly/3cyZM2k.

    The Small Business Mentoring Program is designed and facilitated by independent mentors, business and tourism experts, Sparrowly Group on behalf of Mackay Regional Council.

  • Project update #37 - August 31, 2022

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    Widi representatives to fly over mountain bike trails

    Representatives from Widi will take to the sky on Monday, September 5, to conduct cultural heritage investigations over the proposed Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails.

    Their findings will inform the project's cultural heritage management plan.

    Their helicopter will be taking off and landing at the Eungella Oval between the hours of 10am and 1pm.

    Residents are asked to please refrain from using the oval between these hours.

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

  • Project update #36 - August 30, 2022

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    Lots to do at the Finch Hatton Trailhead site!

    The Finch Hatton trailhead site will be a place where you start and finish your mountain bike adventure and enjoy a family day out.

    The design for the trailhead site on Lot 11 Anzac Parade, Finch Hatton, has been completed.

    The design is based on the extensive consultation that council had with the Pioneer Valley community and industry experts last year.

    The site will include:

    • a landscape buffer zone between the residential properties and the trailhead site
    • historical features
    • a pump track
    • footpaths
    • picnic shelters
    • toilets
    • recreational open space
    • a bike wash area
    • overflow parking
    • connection to the trails and township.

    The design has been included in the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail Stage 1 Development Application (DA), which has now been lodged. The DA was lodged by a consultant on behalf of the project team and will be considered by council and the State Government over the coming months.

    Whilst the DA is being reviewed, the project team will be working on stage 2 of the trail alignments and seeking the required approvals.

    Council will hold another community update session before the end of the year, to update everyone on the project, including the status of the Stage 1 works (the Finch Hatton Trailhead site and 14 trails).

    To stay up-to-date on this project, subscribe to project update emails on the right-hand side of this page.

    The Queensland Government have contributed towards design elements of the project, including the detailed design of the trailhead and environmental assessments.

  • Project update #35 - August 15, 2022

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    World Trail to complete surveying works!

    International trail experts, World Trail, will be surveying the proposed trail network for the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails project over the next two weeks, weather permitting.

    Two teams will be "ground truthing" the wilderness trails from Eungella to Finch Hatton and the remaining trails on the hills behind Finch Hatton.

    As part of this work, they will be assessing the terrain and mapping their preferred trail alignments.

    To date, World Trail has mapped 37 kilometres of our trails, and they will complete the remaining 63 kilometres over the next two weeks.

    To stay up-to-date on the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails project, subscribe to project update emails on the right-hand side of this page.

    The Queensland Government has contributed $500,000 towards this project including the detailed design of the trailhead and environmental assessments.

  • Project update #34 - June 13, 2022

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    Our team will be at the Mackay Show!

    You can check out the mountain bike trailhead site and learn about stage 1 of the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails project at the Mackay Show.

    Plus you can have a go of an interactive mountain bike.

    When: 14,15 & 16 June

    Where: Council display, Mackay Showgrounds, Pavilion 500.

    Visit the display to go into the draw to win a mountain bike and one of two $200 bike vouchers. T&C's apply.

  • Project update #33 - May 2, 2022

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    Explore our epic trails at the Pioneer Valley Show!

    You can check out our mountain bike trailhead site, see our newly restored Cattle Creek Mill building and learn about the exciting Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail project at the Pioneer Valley Show. Plus - hear about local planning in the Valley.

    When: Sunday, June 12, 2022 (9am to 1pm)

    Where: Cattle Creek Mill building, across the road from the Finch Hatton RSL

    Visit the display to go into the draw to win a mountain bike and one of two $200 bike vouchers. T&C's apply.

  • Project update #32 - April 28, 2022

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    Finch Hatton and Eungella gearing up for mountain bike trails

    Council is gearing up to help Finch Hatton and Eungella capitalise on economic benefits to flow from the Pioneer Mountain Bike Trails.

    Proposed changes to the Mackay Region Planning Scheme are intended to help facilitate commercial and other non-residential uses in those townships.

    They would also encourage a wide range of uses or adaptive re-use and reduce the levels of assessment for certain developments that would support the mountain bike project.

    Click here to read more.

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