Club receives $100k for facilities
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.”
PEDAL POWER: Mountain Biking Bundaberg president Amanda Williams (right) and Mel Cook encourage ladies to get out there on their bikes.