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New Bike Track Project Underway

The Whitsunday Regional Council is set to unveil a brand-new bike track, aiming to provide a fun yet challenging experience for local bike riders, scooter enthusiasts and skateboarders.

An investment of $300,000 was poured into the project with the help of Bowen Rail Company. Construction works on the Darcy Munro Park Pump Track in Collinsville will commence on April 2, with stage one of the four-stage circuit expected to be ready for locals both young and old to enjoy by early May.

Bowen Rail Company has fully-funded the first stage of the bike track, with a designed route for users to apply a push-and-pull technique rather than pedalling to make their way over a series of rollers, jumps, and berms. Council will manage the construction works.

Bowen Rail Company General Manager Brendan Lane said, the business was excited to see such a safe, active, fun, and social community asset built for the people of Collinsville.

The funding for the project is part of a 2019 Infrastructure Access Agreement signed with Council for the construction of the Carmichael Rail Network (CRN). The CRN entered operation in early 2022 and connects the Carmichael mine to Aurizon’s Newlands System about 70km south of Collinsville.

“We wanted the construction of the Carmichael Rail Network to leave a positive legacy in Collinsville beyond the significant economic benefits of employing locals and awarding contracts to local businesses, or having rail workers spend their wage in local hotels, stores, and pubs,” Mr Lane said.

“Better playground equipment and new and more diverse activities for older kids were two things that resonated loudly in the 2021 Collinsville Masterplan, and the Pump Track is a perfect fit.”

The beauty of this new addition to Darcy Munro Park is it will be accessible to everyone, young or young at heart, and a toddler on a balance bike will benefit as much as an X-Games superstar.

“We’re deeply grateful for the incredible support we’ve received from Collinsville and the greater Whitsunday region as we’ve built our railway and grown from a start-up to a thriving rail operator.”

“Our team can’t wait to see their friends and family out there shredding around enjoying the Pump Track -and having a crack on it themselves.

Whitsunday Regional Council Capital Program and Network Planning Director Adam Hagy said detailed design of all four stages had been completed, with each adding new levels of challenge. 

“We have the full picture of what the finished product looks like and we’re confident the design will provide fun, challenge, and learning for years to come,” he said

“Naturally, stage one is most suitable for beginners and intermediates to get a foothold as stages two through four come online.

“The timing of stages two through four will be subject to future budgets, and incremental development will ensure the facility grows with the community.”

There will soon be a new pump track in Collinsville. Stock image illustration only

Birdseye view diagram of the Darcy Munro Park Pump Track

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