Give moun­tain bike rid­ing a go

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

LO­CAL down­hill cy­clists are thrilled to see the Promis­ed­land Moun­tain Bike Trails net­work dou­bled in size and new fa­cil­i­ties opened.

Stephen Ben­nett, Mem­ber for Bur­nett, said the $100,000 grant to Moun­tain Bik­ing Bund­aberg Inc, un­der the Get Play­ing ini­tia­tive, was great news.

An­other 18km of track was added to the ex­ist­ing 20km, and visi­tors have a new shel­ter, a shed and toi­lets at the trail­head.

“It’s a nat­u­rally beau­ti­ful area of for­est for cy­clists to enjoy, with the track run­ning through open for­est and patches of vine scrub,” Mr Ben­nett said.

“I con­grat­u­late the vol­un­teers from Moun­tain Bik­ing Bund­aberg who work so hard to cre­ate and main­tain down­hill cy­cling trails in the area.”

The Get Play­ing ini­tia­tive is part of the for­mer LNP Gov­ern­ment’s flag­ship Get in the Game grass­roots sports ini­tia­tive.

“It was so pop­u­lar that we tripled the fund­ing over three years from $16 mil­lion to $47 mil­lion, with hun­dreds of sports group across Queens­land help­ing fam­i­lies to get in­volved in a sport,” Mr Ben­nett said.

Mr Ben­nett es­pe­cially wants to en­cour­age women to give moun­tain bik­ing a try.

“One of the main ob­jec­tives of the Promis­ed­Land project is to get more women in­volved in out­door ac­tiv­i­ties,” Mr Ben­nett said.

“I can’t think of a sport that’s bet­ter at keep­ing peo­ple fit and healthy.”

The Promis­ed­land net­work of moun­tain bike trails is in Cordalba State For­est about 46km south-west of Bund­aberg and 14km north-west of Childers.

The trail­head can be ac­cessed from Childers and Bund­aberg by tak­ing the turn-off from the Isis Hwy to Cordalba, and then left into the Promis­ed­land Rd

More in­for­ma­tion about the Promis­ed­land moun­tain bike trails net­work and Cordalba State For­est can be found at nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/cordalba/about.htm.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Get Ac­tive: Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett is pleased with the up­grade to Promis­ed­land Bike Trails.

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