Mountain biking dreams come true for Rockhampton enthusiasts
CYCLONE Marcia has been the gift that keeps on giving for the Rockhampton Mountain Bike Club.
Grants to repair damage to hand-built mountain bike trails after the natural disaster kick-started the club's plan to turn First Turkey into a high standard network of trails for all abilities, capable of hosting state and national events.
Club president Steve Wilcock this morning said Marcia, and the subsequent funding, was the catalyst for the club to realise their dreams at the Mount Archer site.
Club members were joined by Rockhampton Region Councillors and Keppel MP Brittany Lauga this morning as the latest intermediate trail was officially opened.
The track was jointly funding by the club, which contributed $10,000, council, which contributed $20,000, and the State Government under the Get Playing Places and Spaces program which provided more than $39,000.
Ms Lauga said club members were a credit to the community and their sport, having volunteered their time to build up First Turkey and continue its growth.
"The Rocky Mountain Biking Club is just going from strength to strength and I think this is a really great part of our offering for this region,” she said.
Mayor Margaret Strelow said the club and its efforts were the perfect example of what community should be about.
"Hats off to those who have put themselves out to make it happen in an era where sometimes we hear a lot of people wanting things, but we don't see everyone willing to put in the hard yards that you've put in,” she told the club members assembled at the trail.
"This is a legacy. It's a great thing for our community.
"It's a great opportunity for our community to put ourselves on a national stage in an up and coming national sport.”
Cr Strelow said there was another application before the State Government which it was hoped could double what was on offer at First Turkey if successful.
She also praised Councillors Neil Fisher and Rose Swadling who each gave $10,000 from their discretionary funds to make up council's contribution.
"Thank you so much for your understanding of what the community needed and how council can best support that,” Cr Strelow told them.
Work will start on a new "black diamond” extreme trail next month thanks to a Federal Government grant of $20,000.