Coun­cil grant kick starts moun­tain bike park

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

DIRT moun­tain bike club re­ceived a Com­mu­nity Sup­port Pro­gram grant for $10,000 from the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil to help them with trail main­te­nance and the con­struc­tion of a moun­tain bike skills park in Port Dou­glas.

The money has al­lowed the club to pur­chase a trailer ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing trail tools and up to eight bikes. The club have also pur­chased nec­es­sary power tools as well as trail tools with the money re­ceived from the coun­cil.

The DIRT Club has started plot­ting a prob­a­ble course for the track at the Port Dou­glas site which is ad­ja­cent to the Port Dou­glas Sports Re­serve which cur­rently houses or­gan­ised sports in­clud­ing AFL, Rugby Union and Netball as well as the newly com­pleted and pop­u­lar pump track which also re­ceived a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion from the DSC.

They are look­ing for more vol­un­teers to help clear a trail and con­struct a track.

The trailer has also been used by the Mossman State High School which re­cently took stu­dents to the Smith­field Moun­tain Bike Park to com­pete in a re­gional com­pe­ti­tion.

The tools have made track main­te­nance much quicker. Hav­ing said that we have re­cently com­pleted 3 trips into Black Moun­tain to clean up the Twin Bridges Track which is now ready for hik­ers and bik­ers. This track has to be the ab­so­lute best trail in the re­gion!

The Club will be host­ing a so­cial ride through the Twin Bridges Track on Au­gust 6. For more in­for­ma­tion visit their face­book page

Left to right: DIRT’s Robert Borzi, Aedan Bus­mer, Nicola Lear­mond and Rod John­son

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