Have your say on the new Townsville Mountain Bike Strategy

Images: Townsville City Council

Mountain bikers in North Queensland could soon have a brand new playground in Townsville. 

The Townsville Mountain Bike Strategy is an initiative from the Townsville City Council aiming to formalise the sport’s presence in the area largely through the development of a new trail network. 

The Strategy has four chief aims, listed below. 

  • Improve the liveability of Townsville and the health and wellbeing of the Townsville community. 

  • Create a sustainable mountain bike tourism market in Townsville. 

  • Provide a multi-stage 10-year Masterplan for mountain bike trail development in Townsville. 

  • Provide sustainable management guidelines for mountain bike infrastructure.

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Riders won’t just be forced to watch on however with the Council wanting significant community engagement before they proceed with any concrete plans. 

There are three tools members of the general public can use to provide feedback as well as make suggestions. All three, including the survey, close on 19 August.

Survey: The Townsville Mountain Bike Strategy survey encourages riders of all skill levels, as well as the wider general community, to voice their feedback and suggestions. Take the survey here. 

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Interactive Map: Allows participants to provide feedback on places of interest or locations relevant to the Townsville Mountain Bike Strategy. You can find it here. 

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Document Library: Resources for anyone wanting to learn more. Mountain biking was listed as the top priority for land based recreational use in the Ross River Dam Commercial and Recreational use survey  conducted in 2019, which you can find in the library. 

A final report will be published after a review, including submissions from the general public, is conducted. 

Let us know your thoughts! What are you hoping to see included in Townsville’s new MTB network?

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