Jacob McLeod at the Clarence Vally Challenge at the South Grafton Ex-Services Motorcycle Club
Jacob McLeod at the Clarence Vally Challenge at the South Grafton Ex-Services Motorcycle Club

Bike plan unveiled

MOTORCYCLING Queensland (MQ) will run the new Wyaralong Regional Trail Bike site.

The master plan was unveiled yesterday by the Council of Mayors (SEQ).

Due to open in the second half of this year, the site will include recreational trails, freestyle MX, supercross, natural terrain motocross, pee wee and other motorcycling facilities, as well as spectator, parking and camping areas.

Making the announcement at Lilybrook Homestead at Wyaralong yesterday, SEQ chairman, Councillor Campbell Newman said MQ had been chosen to operate the 745 hectare trail bike site after a six-month tender process.

Cr Newman said the new complex would provide south-east Queensland's 230,000 trail bike riders with a first-class legal riding option.

“SEQ councils have been working with the State Government to bring this project to fruition,” he said.

“We have recognised off-road trail bike riding as a legitimate recreational pursuit that is becoming increasingly popular.”

A 1.1-kilometre access road to the trail bike site and the first stage of the facility were due to start construction in March.

Other new recreational facilities around Wyaralong Dam, funded by the State Government, include recreation trails, horse riding, mountain biking and sailing.

SEQ Trail Bike Taskforce chairman Councillor Steve Jones said the master plan being developed by MQ would provide opportunities for both recreational and more serious riders.

“MQ's business partners will include Ray Buchanan's Australian Dirt Biking Adventures and Crusty Demons' Matt Schubring and Steve Sommerfeld's company Invert Management & Moto Solutions,” Cr Jones said.

“This group brings a wealth of experience and creativity to this facility,” he said.

MQ general manager Lindsay Granger said MQ wanted to develop and operate the “premier” trail bike riding facility in south-east Queensland.

“We expect it will attract around 20,000 visitors a year,” Mr Granger said.



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