Western Downs Regional Council has announced new Bunya Mountains bike trails as part of its COVID-19 Recovery Package to secure and create jobs while delivering exciting new opportunities for the region’s future.

Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Events and Regional Promotion Councillor Kylie Bourne said the mountain bike trails would offer an exhilarating recreational facility in one of the region’s most stunning natural landscapes. “The Western Downs is earning its place as a dynamic tourist destination, and Council is keen to build on this reputation and deliver new initiatives to support our region for generations to come,” she said.

“As part of this commitment, we are fast-tracking the delivery of new mountain bike trails at Russell Park at the Bunya Mountains and have recently awarded the design contract to a Queensland-based collaboration led by Bligh Tanner.

“The Bunya Mountains is a phenomenal natural area right on our doorstep and a huge attractor for visitors to the region, so it makes sense for us to invest in new and diverse opportunities to grow this visitor base and encourage people to meet, shop and stay in the Western Downs. “It’s equally a fantastic place for locals to pay a visit, whether it’s for a hike, picnic, weekend away, or a meal at one of the local eateries, and new mountain biking facilities will only add to the lifestyle opportunities on offer.

“The new tracks will be located at Russell Park and will be designed to complement the natural area, and we will be utilising local contractors throughout construction. ‘We’re excited to work with the team to deliver a facility which is safe and accessible for all bike users, and we look forward to sharing exciting construction milestones with the community.” Owner of the Bunya Mountains Accommodation Centre and Poppies on the Hill Café Sue Unwin said the new trails were a welcomed investment for local businesses.

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