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Grant puts plan into place

BIG PLANS: Gladstone Mountain Bike Incorporated president Scott Smith hopes new funding will assist to build a new junior track. Photo Nick Kossatch / Observer
BIG PLANS: Gladstone Mountain Bike Incorporated president Scott Smith hopes new funding will assist to build a new junior track. Photo Nick Kossatch / Observer NICK KOSSATCH

THERE are plans to build a new junior track at the Gladstone Mountain Bike Incorporated precinct adjacent to the main track of Koowin Drive.

Gladstone MTB president Scott Smith said the club has been boosted with extra funding and hopes the track can be built within 12 months on the area known as Rusty Barrow.

"We received $25 thousand from the Gaming Commission where we plan to build a junior track near the main track," Smith said.

He added that there is still the process of confirmation from the council along with an extension of the current two-year lease on the property.

"The lease runs out in two years and we would like to get confirmation from the council so that it goes beyond two years," Smith said.

The club had its working bee morning on Saturday where a group pf enthusiastic volunteers did some work on the main track to improve corners.

A new committee was formed at the end of last year, but it was the work of the previous committee that enabled the club to establish a new lease on the property.

"The other aim is to get a storage shed and toilets," Smith said.

Building a clubhouse is not a part of the plan because the track is used by motorbikers as well and Smith said they have been a part of the problem as far as track damage is concerned.

"The thing is that motorbikers ruin the track," Smith said.

The track has been repaired courtesy of hard work by volunteers according to competitive rider Briony Beales.

"We raised $5000 of funds within the club and that was put toward the machinery to fix the track," Beales said.

GLADSTONE MOUNTAIN BIKE INCORPORATED

MAIN TRACK: 6.4km

AIM: New junior track within a year; storage shed and toilets

GRANT: $25k