Club re­ceives $100k for fa­cil­i­ties

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

MOUN­TAIN Bik­ing Bund­aberg re­ceived an early Christ­mas present when it was awarded just un­der $100,000 to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties.

Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett an­nounced the funds ear­lier this week, and the club will re­ceive $95,328 through the Get Play­ing pro­gram to con­struct new trails, a shade shel­ter and ameni­ties at Cordalba State For­est.

Club pres­i­dent Amanda Wil­liams said the club had ex­panded from tiny begin­nings when just three rid­ers took to the tracks.

“The club started as a group of three peo­ple that were try­ing to en­cour­age more peo­ple to ride with them,” Wil­liams said.

“We slowly did that and be­came a bik­ing club, and we have about 40 mem­bers.”

Wil­liams said the club would use the funds to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties.

“A large sec­tion of that money will be used for fa­cil­i­ties such as toi­lets, shel­ters and build­ing more tracks,” Wil­liams said.

“Th­ese fa­cil­i­ties and tracks will not just ben­e­fit us but the rid­ing com­mu­nity.

“We have al­ready built 21km of a sin­gle track and made that all by hand, which has been very hard.

“With the fund­ing, we are go­ing to be able to hire ma­chin­ery to ex­pand the tracks.”

Mr Ben­nett said the con­struc­tion of new fa­cil­i­ties could help the club at­tract more mem­bers.

“The site doesn’t have any toi­let fa­cil­i­ties or a shade shel­ter,” he said.

“The club now has the funds to get th­ese fa­cil­i­ties, which will in turn help to at­tract new mem­bers, par­tic­u­larly women and chil­dren.”

PHOTO: MAX FLEET BUN281114WMN1

PEDAL POWER: Moun­tain Bik­ing Bund­aberg pres­i­dent Amanda Wil­liams (right) and Mel Cook en­cour­age ladies to get out there on their bikes.

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