Common Ground Trails have been selected to build the Bunya Mountains cycle trails (Photo: WDRC)

August 4, 2021

Western Downs Regional Council has selected the contractor to build the new Bunya Mountains cycle trails.

Common Ground Trails will construct about 30km of mountain bike trails near Russell Park.

Cr Kylie Bourne said the trails would make the Western Downs a premier destination for mountain biking.

“We’re so excited to be partnering with the Australian Government to deliver this wonderful new recreational experience in the most pristine of locations, which will no doubt be a major drawcard and generate economic growth,” Cr Bourne said.

“This fantastic project will put our region on the map in terms of high-class mountain biking facilities, designed to meet Mountain Bike Australia standards and offering easy to intermediate adventure loops.”

Cr Carolyn Tillman said the trails would offer an adrenalin hit for all ages.

“Our trails will be designed to be enjoyed by new riders right through to those who are more experienced with five dedicated one-way loops and two dual direction link trails, including a 1.7km link from Dandabah to Fishers Lookout,” Cr Tillman said.

“These trails are designed to be considerate of the natural environment and have been approved by the Department of Environment and Science and we are working closely with multiple stakeholders, including the traditional owners, to ensure that the project is respectful of the pristine Bunya Mountains environment and indigenous culture.

“A key aspect of the trails is to ensure they are sympathetic to the environment and sustainable.

“These mountain biking trails are a first for the region and will offer another fantastic opportunity for residents and visitors to explore the region and enjoy all we have to offer here on the Western Downs.”

Common Ground Trails director David Willcox said he was thrilled to be working with Western Downs Regional Council to create the new mountain bike trails at Russell Park.

“We see the Bunya Mountains as an idyllic backdrop for the development of trails in regional Queensland,” Mr Willcox said.

“We have extensive experience in trail construction across Australia and always look to create trails which celebrate the local landscape whilst providing exciting riding opportunities which cater to all skill levels.

“The beauty of mountain biking is that it can cater for the whole. Getting kids out on trails on their bikes at a young age creates outdoor advocates for a lifetime.”

Construction is expected to begin later this month.

It will take about eight months to construct the trails.

The project will also include trailhead construction at Tolmie Street, Fishers Lookout, Russell Park and Munro’s Camp.


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