Mountain bike enthusiasts and interested residents this month will be able to offer their views on a bold new direction for biking activities along Toowoomba’s escarpment parks.

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) Parks and Recreation Services portfolio leader Cr Joe Ramia said public input on the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley Escarpment Mountain Bike Master Plan 2019-2026 would be open from 7 October to 25 October. “TRC is working in collaboration with the Lockyer Valley Regional Council (LVRC), with support from the Queensland Government, to develop a master plan that sets the future direction of mountain bike activities along The Range escarpment,” Cr Ramia said. “We are especially keen for mountain bike riders to contribute their ideas to aid the plan’s development. Community feedback will be used to refine the development of the final master plan. The master plan will be a short to medium-term plan that identifies ways to create new trails as well as improving the existing trails along Toowoomba’s urban fringe in the next seven years.”

“There is great scope to unlock the tourism and recreation potential of Toowoomba’s escarpment park trails. Our existing mountain bike trails have hosted club, state, national and Oceania title races and I’m positive any improvements will ensure we have the facilities to host bigger and better events. These trails could become nationally and internationally significant mountain biking destinations,” Cr Ramia said. “The trails are important natural assets and appropriate upgrading or the establishment of new multi-use trails (for running, bike riding and horse riding) will expand recreation options for residents and visitors.”

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Sports and Recreation Portfolio Councillor Jason Cook encouraged residents of the Lockyer Valley to have their say. “As a Council we are committed to providing outstanding trail experiences along The Range escarpment area,” Cr Cook said. “This brings with it an opportunity to tap into a growing adventure tourism market and cement our region as a leading mountain biking destination.”

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