A significant number of mountain bike parks and trails have been devastated by the ongoing bushfires that have swept through Australia this summer.
Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) the peak body for mountain biking activity in Australia has launched a national appeal through the Australian Sports Foundation (which provides tax deductibility) to help rebuild these trails and local MTB clubs.
“Many mountain bike trail networks have been damaged or impacted by bushfires raging across the country,” an MTBA spokesperson said. “Clubs play an integral role in the construction, maintenance, management and provision of these trails, in partnership with land managers and other stakeholders. This fundraising campaign will raise funds to assist affected clubs and their members to assess trail damage and work to reinstate & repair the trails and supporting infrastructure.
“A survey of clubs in the bushfire regions will provide details of what clubs need to help with this repair work when the community and land managers are ready. This may include trail maintenance equipment & tools (rakes, shovels, mattocks, clinometers etc) or hiring machinery to assist with clearing debris or repairing trails.”
MTBA has set a fundraising goal of $50,000. You can donate via this web page: https://asf.org.au/projects/mountain-bike-australia/bushfire-trail-recovery-and-club-support-program/