MTBA as the governing body for mountain biking in Australia has a role to play in the provision of advice and support to clubs and key stakeholders involved in the facilitation and development of MTB trails.
Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) have appointed renowned trail consultancy company Common Ground Trails to work with the Queensland mountain bike community and key stakeholders to deliver a Queensland Mountain Bike Strategy.
The completed Strategy, partially funded through the Queensland Government’s Sport and Recreation Planning Program, will provide the framework for a coordinated approach to the development of mountain bike opportunities in the state.
Stakeholder and community consultation is integral to the development of the Strategy and will encompass clubs, private promoters, land managers, trail care alliances and state and local government authorities.
Some objectives of the Strategy include:
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The idea to develop Australian standards/guidelines around the sustainable design and construction of mountain bike trails was raised with the mountain bike community by the MTBA CEO at the 2014 Australian MTB Summit held at Mt Buller.
At the 2015 Australian MTB Summit a project working group was established to investigate the options and methodology to develop national mountain bike trail standards and a professional mountain bike trail building certification framework.
Members of the working group consulted with land management agencies, trail builders, key MTB stakeholders and the wider MTB community to develop a range of options papers. The option papers and the outcome of further consultation were presented at the 2016 Australian MTB Summit and the 2017 Sustainable Trails Conference.
Trail building and maintenance workshops are delivered throughout the country according to demand. Workshops cover both theory and practical sessions, can be tailored to meet the needs of the host club and are delivered over one to two days.
If you would like to register your interest to attend a workshop please complete the expression of interest form below. Alternatively if you have a group of people in your club / area who are interested, please contact MTBA about arranging a workshop.
Professional and volunteer trail builders, clubs and land management agencies often have resources and equipment that make the task of constructing and maintaining trails and collecting trail usage data a whole lot easier – Handy trail tools are available on the Trail Resources webpage.