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M2BRT = Mary to Bay Trail. FCBUG = Fraser Coast Bicycle Users Group
FCRC = Fraser Coast Regional Council DTMR = Dept Transport and Main Roads
FCRC has allocated $20,000 from their budget for 2023-24 financial year for improvements to M2BRT.
The shelter has been erected at Takura Trail Head and trail surface improvements continue, all by FCBUG volunteers.
Work on 2.74km of rail trail from the Walker Street entrance in Marybough has been completed. Now all that is needed to another 10km to link it from Quarry Road to Colton.
Thanks for Council for providing a new map showing the plan for completing the community’s recereational trail, linking Maryborough to Hervey Bay.
Click here to read the latest media release about M2BRT and our Opening Event.
OTHER MEDIA ON M2BRT OPENING EVENT
Our Ambassador worked hard at getting the message out, including featuring on Council’s electronic media. The Maryborough Sun was most obliging – click here for their coverage.
The Advertiser managed a report on the event afterwards – click on page 26.
Rail Trails Australia shared an article in their RTA News.
Fraser McDonald (chip off old block) shone this week in producing an excellent short promo video of our Rail Trail.
PROJECT MANAGER'S REPORT - Ken McDonald
IT WAS BIG ! IT WAS REAL ! and WE WERE THERE !
- It was a dry month but a massive amount of work took place leading up to and during the Opening Day on 26 August. It was a great success enjoyed by about 350 people.
- Jen and Mike Allsopp did a terrific job getting all the signs completed. All the critical signs were installed before the opening. The small number remaining will be completed in the next couple of weeks.
- Steve Neilsen levelled the full 11km with his Bobcat and spreader bar. Some drainage areas were fixed. In one and a half days Dennis Johnson (Truck Driver), David Lightbody (Spotter), Rick McNamara (Truck Driver) and Wayne Stark (Assistant to everyone) worked as a good team with Steve Neilsen (Bobcat) to get gravel across the gullies at Bridges 2, 4 and 5. Some rain and compaction will help this very good start.
- MEDIA EVENT. The media event organised by Dave McLeod went very well with Max Voigt covering Ken’s absence. Channel 7 & ABC radio did a short coverage with Dave & Max and Councillors David Lewis and Phil Truscott. Councillor Jade Wellings was also present.
- OPENING DAY. This was a huge effort and a long list of people contributing. Thanks to the “Fossils” from the FCBUG who ran the food and drinks stall. Well done lads. Thanks to Dave McLeod, Mike and Jen Allsopp, Dennis Johnson, Max Voigt and others who helped organise and do the work required. Guest Speakers were Bruce Saunders, the Member from Maryborough representing the State Govt; David Lewis, Councillor representing the FCRC and Desley O’Grady representing Rail Trails Australia.
- VISITING BIKE TEAMS. Two groups rode long distances arriving one hour before the official opening ceremony speeches. Andrew Demack from Bicycle Queensland lead a team from near Ipswich riding about 450km mostly along other rail trails. Desley O’Grady lead another team riding about 400km from Builyan west of Gladstone. This added a lot of interest to the whole event and the M2BRT.
- We currently have about $1,500 left in the funds but 20,000 from the FCRC and 11,000 from the DTMR are due to be deposited very soon.
- ADVISORY COMMITTEE. Next bi-monthly meeting is 7 September 2023.
Work in July
- Light rain settled the dust. Bob Webley, Wayne Stark, David Lightbody and Ken erected 10 out of 12 posts at the end of the gullies for arrow signs to be fastened later.
- Ross Collins, Dennis Johnson and David Lightbody erected the Grillex shelter at Takura. Great work. Wayne Stark assembled the table and seats. Well done all.
- Mike A and Ken McD took Martin Kelly of the Ambulance service on a tour to complete the Emergency Response plan. This went well.
- Ken took Glen Miller, the Founder and President of the Butchulla Men’s Aboriginal Assoc on a tour. Glen was very supportive and interestingly worked underground at the Dunstan coal mine near the rail trail for a short time after High School in Maryborough. He was keen to attend the opening and offered support.
- Ken, Mike and Jen had a constructive meeting with Craig England, David Gleadow and Martin (Finance person) on 12 July. There was a lot of detail covered. Mike has kept comprehensive notes of these discussions. A couple of positives were that DTMR will pay for the signs (about $3,000) for the trail. They said they would provide ongoing funds of $11,000 per year. i.e. $1,000 / km.
- Mike and Jen Allsopp organised signs to be made by Wolfpack printing for the 11km. This work is in progress. It will be a bit tight to get them up before 26 Aug. We plan to get all the posts in early so fastening the signs will be fast. Jen and Mike are also working with FC Tourism and Events in developing a M2BRT website.
- Planning for the Opening on 26 August has been ongoing. Dave McLeod has been busy with invitations and organising the media etc.
- The DTMR funds of $4,825 came in. Max Voigt reported good news from FCRC with financial support of $20,000 for the 2023/24 financial year.
- Some bulldozer work occurred last week. The plan is to level the whole 11km, fix one ramp and get some gravel across 2 or 3 gullies … plus other work so it will be in good shape for the Opening.
AMBASSADOR'S REPORT - Dave McLeod