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Bike riders on track with Blackstone Hill plans

HIGHER LOVE: Ben Jesberg (left) and Anthony Kellen are riding in the Mt Everest Challenge for the 24/7 Cycling Safety Fund.
HIGHER LOVE: Ben Jesberg (left) and Anthony Kellen are riding in the Mt Everest Challenge for the 24/7 Cycling Safety Fund. David Nielsen

MOUNTAIN bike riders have the chance to plan local trails through Blackstone Hill at a working bee planned for Saturday (June 20).

Local councillor Bruce Casos said Blackstone Hill had long been an unofficial home of mountain biking in Ipswich with many good quality trails and an avid fan base.

"Mountain biking is a sport in the middle of absolutely explosive growth in popularity and participation," Councillor Casos said.

"More and more people are hitting their trails, joining cycling clubs and discovering this exciting, safe and adventurous sport for themselves.

Cr Casos said the riders would form a trail alliance group which would work with council on the ongoing maintenance and development of mountain bike trails in the area.

Five parcels of land on Blackstone Hill land were recently gifted to council, including the former site of Brynhyfryd, to be included as part of the city's open space network.

Cr Casos said the working bee would be a great opportunity for community consultation for cyclists to better understand the changes likely to occur in the reserve under council management.

"A draft master plan for the Blackstone Hill precinct is currently under preparation and will be released for public consultation in coming months."

The site of Brynhyfryd and surrounding parcels of land on Blackstone Hill come under council control.
The site of Brynhyfryd and surrounding parcels of land on Blackstone Hill come under council control. Rob Williams

Working bee timetable

  • Prior to 9am: sign on
  • 9am Discussion on the recent Trails Audit and its recommendations, other issues concerning mountain biking at the site, signage, other user groups and interests
  • 10am Discussion on membership and role of Trail Care group.
  • 10.30 Discuss priority trail works needed
  • 11am Working bee
  • 12pm: Lunch
  • 1pm: Close


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