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 #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.

  • Project update #31 - April 27, 2022

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    Major amendment 3 to commence state interest review

    On Wednesday, April 27, 2022, council endorsed the prepared major amendment 3 to the Mackay Region Planning Scheme 2017 (the proposed amendment) and resolved to give notice to the Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning to undertake the state interest review.

    The proposed amendment focuses on the Pioneer Valley townships of Finch Hatton and Eungella to support these towns becoming a trail town for the future mountain bike trails.

    The purpose and general effect of the proposed amendment to the planning scheme is to:

    • Facilitate commercial and other specific non-residential uses within designated precincts and through appropriate provisions under the Township Zone in the Finch Hatton and Eungella townships
    • Encourage a wider range of uses or adaptive re-use by changing the zone of a small number of lots to Township in the Finch Hatton and Eungella townships
    • Reduce the levels of assessment for certain uses to facilitate appropriate development outcomes for the Finch Hatton and Eungella townships in support of the Pioneer Valley mountain bike project.

    Once the state interest review is completed, all supporting documentation including the schedule of amendments will be made public and residents will have the opportunity to lodge a properly made submission on the amendment documentation.

    Click here to see the initial presentation of the proposed recommendations.

  • Project update #30 - April 11, 2022

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    World Trail inspects stage 1 trails this week

    World Trail will be inspecting the trails for stage one of the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails project on April 12 and 13.

    They will be ground truthing on council's freehold land behind the Finch Hatton trailhead site, assessing the terrain, and mapping the preferred trail alignments.

    World Trail will then return in late-April/early-May to continue their work.

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

  • Project update #29 - April 8, 2022

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    Newly restored Cattle Creek mill building wins bronze

    The Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail's newly restored Cattle Creek Mill Administration Building has claimed bronze in council's 2022 Heritage Awards.

    BH Building restored the building early this year, bringing it back to its former glory.

    The works included asbestos removal, roof replacement, a new kitchen, a paint job and the revitalisation of the existing signage and fa├žade.

    The building may be used for ticket sales, events, marshalling or visitor information.

    Click here to watch the restoration process.

  • Project Update #28 - March 21, 2022

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    Watch update in the comfort of your home

    If you couldn't attend the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail Community Update Session on Sunday, March 20, at the Eungella Hub, council has created a video of the presentation, so you can watch it at a time that is convenient for you.

    The presentation features a project update, a planning update and an economic development update, as well as the contact details of the relevant council departments, should you have an enquiry.

    Click here to watch the presentation.

  • Project update #27 - March 18, 2022

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    Don't forget - Mountain Bike Trail Community Update Session on this Sunday (March 20)!

    Council will be holding their Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails community update session at the Eungella Hub this Sunday (March 20).

    The session will include a project update, a planning update and an economic development update. Plus question time.

    Session details:
    Date: Sunday, March 20, 2022
    Time: 10am to 11.30am
    Venue: Eungella Hub, North Street, Eungella.

    Online registration for this session is required. Please visit www.eventbrite.com.au/e/pioneer-valley-mountain-bike-trails-community-update-session-tickets-290080898777 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 have any questions, please contact council's community engagement officer Rebecca Batzloff on 1300 MACKAY (622 529) or email rebecca.batzloff@mackay.qld.gov.au.

  • Project update #26 - March 3, 2022

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    Save the date - Mountain Bike Trail Community Update Session (March 20)

    Council will be holding a Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails community update session in Eungella on Sunday, March 20.

    The session will include a project update, a planning update and an economic development update.

    Session details:
    Date: Sunday, March 20, 2022
    Time: 10am to 11.30am
    Venue: Eungella Hub, North Street, Eungella.

    Online registration for this session is required. Please visit www.eventbrite.com.au/e/pioneer-valley-mountain-bike-trails-community-update-session-tickets-290080898777 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.

    When visiting the Eungella Hub, please register your arrival via the Check in QLD app.

    Should you require any further information please visit connectingmackay/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 #25 - March 2, 2022

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    Closing date extended

    The closing date for Expressions of Interest for council's Small Business Mentoring Program has been extended until Friday, March 11.

    Existing businesses, as well as start-ups with a business idea that supports the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails, are eligible to apply.

    The fully subsidised six-month program provides participants with a detailed business assessment, one-on-one mentoring sessions, practical workshop style webinars and much more.

    Pilot program participant Mary-Ann Refalo from family owned and operated Walkerston-based business Retrospect Life said the program was easy to follow and she walked away with a deeper understanding of her customer and pricing strategies.

    To find out more about the program or to apply, visit www.mackay.qld.gov.au/businessmentoring. Applications close Friday, March 11 at 5pm.

  • Project update #24 - February 18, 2022

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    Small business mentoring opportunity up for grabs!

    Following the success of the pilot Small Business Mentoring Program last year, council is running a second program.

    Existing businesses, as well as start-ups with a business idea that supports the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails, are eligible to apply.

    The fully subsidised six-month program provides participants with a detailed business assessment, one-on-one mentoring sessions, practical workshop style webinars and much more.

    Watch this short video below to hear from last year's participants.

    To find out more about the program or to apply, visit www.mackay.qld.gov.au/businessmentoring. Applications close Friday, March 4 at 5pm.

  • Project update #23 - January 31, 2022

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    February community update session postponed

    Council has decided to postpone the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trail community update session until March.

    The reason for the postponement is due to an increase in COVID cases in the region and an expected peak in the next fortnight.

    Further details on the new session will be provided in the coming weeks.

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

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