Full speed ahead for Rockhampton bike trails and tech hub
Posted on February 13th, 2018
Rockhampton has welcomed the opening of the Smart Hub Precinct in the city’s iconic Customs House, and new trails at the Mt Archer First Turkey Mountain Bike Reserve.
Collaborative environments like the Smart Hub provide the foundations for future businesses to thrive in the digital economy, creating jobs and boosting Queensland’s economy in the process. The Queensland Government contributed $2.27 million towards the refurbishment of Customs House to accommodate the Smart Hub as part of the Building our Regions program. The refurbishment included new flooring, lighting, painting, state-of-the-art technology and modern furnishings.
New trails at the First Turkey Mountain Bike Reserve, an outdoor learning area and a concrete creek crossing for emergency access across Moore’s Creek were also officially opened last week. The impressive new trails are already fast becoming a must visit destination for keen local mountain bikers, and had improved the important regional asset as a tourist attraction for hosting local, regional and state level mountain bike competitions.
This area is the gateway to the Mount Archer National Park, with the pairing of the high quality infrastructure with the incredible scenery meaning Mount Archer has a bright future ahead as a tourism destination, while also celebrating the area’s cultural heritage.
First Turkey Mountain Bike Trail
The First Turkey Mountain Bike Reserve has 29 trails over 12km, with a total descent of over 500m. A concrete crossing over Moore’s Creek has also been constructed, allowing for emergency vehicle access. The outdoor learning area features semi-circle sandstone seating, with presentations given from a structure with a skillion roof. A compostable toilet is also located on site.
The $500,000 project has been funded by:
- $250,000 – Building our Regions (Queensland Government)
- $245,000 – Rockhampton Regional Council
- $5,000 – Rockhampton Mountain Bike Club