Toowoomba Regional Council, in collaboration with the Lockyer Valley Regional Council and with support from the Queensland Government, has developed a master plan to guide the future of mountain biking along the Range escarpment.
The master plan, endorsed by Council in December 2019, is a short-to-medium term document that identifies opportunities to create new and improve existing trails, and develop supportive infrastructure to support mountain biking by residents, visitors and tourists along the escarpment in future.
Key recommendations include developing an additional 68.4kms of mountain bike trails (24 new trails) in Jubilee and Redwood Parks, along with a primary access node (and event hosting space) at the Bridge Street Quarry site. Implementation of the master plan will enable Toowoomba to become a nationally significant mountain biking destination.
Council undertook a significant review of trail options and consultation when developing the master plan to ensure community needs and participation trends were identified and responded to. The feedback survey received nearly 400 responses, with most in favour of the plan, and close to 50 people attended community workshops. Striking a good balance between recreational and environmental needs was prioritised during this process given the significance and importance of the escarpment bushland parks.
The next step involves undertaking an Environmental Assessment of Redwood Park, expected to commence in Spring 2020.
Download the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley Escarpment Mountain Bike Master Plan 2019-26 (click to download).
The Queensland Government provided $25,000 to TRC & LVRC to develop the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley Escarpment Mountain Bike Master Plan 2019-2026 to enable Queenslanders to participate in sport and recreation activities.
Any future works proposed through the master plan will be subject to available capital funding and Council priorities.