The Council of Mayors (SEQ) today unveiled the master plan for the Wyaralong Regional Trail Bike Facility and announced Motorcycling Queensland (MQ) as the selected facility operator.
Due to open in the second half of 2011, the master plan for the facility includes recreational trails, freestyleMX, 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 today, Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Councillor Campbell Newman said Motorcycling Queensland had been chosen to operate the 745-hectare trail bike site after a six month tender process.
The Wyaralong Regional Trail Bike Facility will be a unique venue that will offer South East Queensland’s 230,000 trail bike riders with a first-class legal riding option,” Cr Newman said.
“SEQ Councils have been working with the State Government to bring this project to fruition.
“We have recognised off-road trail bike riding as a legitimate recreational pursuit that is becoming increasingly popular in Queensland.
“We now welcome Motorcycling Queensland to the partnership to play their part in making the trail bike facility a reality.”
A 1.1 kilometre access road to the trail bike site is due to commence construction in March as well as the first stage of the trail bike park.
The trail bike facility will complement new recreational facilities around Wyaralong Dam funded by the State Government including recreation trails, horse riding, mountain biking and sailing.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Trail Bike Taskforce Chairman Councillor Steve Jones said the master plan being developed by MQ would provide opportunities for both recreational riders and more serious riding disciplines.
“As the new operator, MQ is dedicated to providing an exceptionally high standard of service to SEQ trail bike riders and committing to future development of the site,” Cr Jones said.
“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.
“This group brings a wealth of experience and creativity to this facility and promises the creation of some great new experiences for future patrons,” he said.
MQ General Manager Lindsay Granger said that MQ relished the opportunity to work collaboratively with SEQ Councils and the State Government.
“We want to develop and operate the premier trail bike riding facility in SEQ, which we expect will attract around 20,000 visitors a year,” he said.
“We are also committed to managing this facility to the exacting standards required by the State and Local Governments, and look forward to working with the Scenic Rim region to create a new recreation facility that the region can be proud of.”
Eight SEQ Councils, including Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Redland and Logan City Councils and Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset Regional Councils are involved in the Wyaralong Regional Trail Bike Facility.